About the McKnight Clinical Translational Research Scholarship
Funded by the McKnight Brain Research Foundation through the American Brain Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology
The McKnight Clinical Translational Research Scholarship in Cognitive Aging and Age-Related Memory Loss targets young investigators in clinical studies relevant to age-related cognitive decline and memory loss. The award recognizes the importance of rigorous training in clinical research and encourages young investigators to seek opportunities to establish future careers in the area of human cognitive aging.
While the focus should NOT be solely on a neurodegenerative dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease), proposals that focus on the combined study of cognitive aging and a neurodegenerative dementia may be considered.
Each award consists of a commitment of $65,000 per year for two years, plus a $10,000 per year stipend to support education and research-related costs for a total of $150,000.
The application window for the 2023 scholarships closed on September 1, 2022. The application window for the 2024 scholarships will open on July 1, 2023.
Learn more about the scholarships and the application requirements.
How to Apply
September 1, 2022: Application deadline.
January 2023: Notification of recipients.
June 1, 2023: Funding begins and application window for the 2024 scholarships opens.
Applications are evaluated by reviewers based on the following criteria:
on applicant’s ability and promise as a clinician-scientist based on prior record of achievement and career plan, letters of reference, and NIH Biosketch
on quality and nature of the training to be provided and the institutional, departmental, and mentor-specific training environment
on quality and originality of the research plan
An annual progress report is due in May of the first year. Renewal of the award in year two is contingent upon presentation of a satisfactory progress report. Additionally, a final research report and a final expenditure report are due within 60 days following the close of the grant term. The final expenditure report must be prepared by the institution’s financial office.