For Researchers

The McKnight Brain Research Foundation champions research to better understand age-related cognitive decline and memory loss. We continually invest in a wide range of research projects and support new generations of emerging researchers to meet our goal of alleviating the effects of age-related cognitive decline and memory loss.
Two researchers looking at a brain scan

As people are living longer and looking to remain independent and live rich, full lives, the McKnight Brain Research Foundation offers scholarships and grants to attract bright young researchers and support current researchers in advancing the understanding and alleviation of age-related cognitive decline and memory loss.

To date, the Foundation has funded more than $180 million in research specifically targeting cognitive aging, age-related cognitive decline and memory loss through direct contributions and strategic initiatives in partnership with the four McKnight Brain Institutes and the National Institute on Aging through the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

The McKnight Clinical Translational Research Scholarship

The McKnight Clinical Translational Research Scholarship in Cognitive Aging and Age-Related Memory Loss 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.

The application period for the 2022 Scholarships closed on October 1, 2021. Check back in January when we announce the recipients. The application window for the 2023 scholarships will open in July 2022.

Learn More About Applying
Meet Past Recipients and Learn More About the Scholarship

Partnering with the American Federation for Aging Research

Innovator Awards in Cognitive Aging and Memory Loss

An extension of our mission to support the next generation of world-class research scientists in the field of cognitive aging and memory loss, the Innovator Awards in Cognitive Aging and memory loss target outstanding mid-career scientists who have already demonstrated a firm commitment to cognitive aging research and shown the potential to become leaders in the field. 

Learn More

Recent Research

Funding Guidelines

Join Us

The Foundation champions research to better understand and eliminate the effects of age-related cognitive decline and memory loss. Find out how you can join the team of researchers working to advance our mission of helping people achieve a lifetime of cognitive health.

Learn More