The McKnight Brain Research Foundation Innovator Awards in Cognitive Aging and Memory Loss
The McKnight Brain Research Foundation and the American Federation for Aging Research partner to fund research scientists in their groundbreaking studies.
Aiming to build a cadre of outstanding research scientists across the United States to lead transformative research in the field of cognitive aging, the McKnight Brain Research Foundation and the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) are providing up to two 3-year awards of $750,000 each to advanced Assistant Professors and recently appointed Associate Professors (MDs and PhDs).
The application window is open now through July 31, 2023.
Scientists proposing to pursue basic research should clearly articulate the potential of their findings to be translated into clinically relevant strategies, and/or treatments.
Research studies at the intersection of age-associated cognitive changes and disease-related cognitive impairment may be considered if a strong case can be made for their relevance to cognitive aging and age-related memory loss. However, research that is primarily focused on neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease) will not be supported.
Two 3-year awards of $750,000 (USD) each will be made annually of which a maximum of 10% may be used for indirect expenses or institutional overhead. To demonstrate a commitment to the investigator, the institution is asked to support the investigator’s project through matching funds. The investigator needs to identify 50% in matching funds, which can only be from non-federal funds, and cannot be used by more than one project. This could be cash and/or in-kind matching, and can include faculty effort, and goods and services paid from departmental funds. For an in-kind match, the selection committee will determine whether this is equivalent to a monetary match.
Four criteria are used to determine the merit of an application:
Application deadline: July 31, 2023
Anticipated Award Announcement: September 15, 2023
Award Start Date: October 1, 2023
For more information on program eligibility and application procedures, please visit the American Federation on Aging website.