FY23 small grants program funding period is closed.

FY23 Application Process

New this year: To maximize the impact of this grant mechanism on the WU systems neuroscience community, we have increased the maximum yearly budget from $40k to $50k, increased the number of grants that we intend to fund, and now allow postdoctoral fellows to apply. 

Overview: The Small Grants Program (SGP) is open to faculty and postdocs at WU. The SGP is designed to support promising new research projects within the WU systems neuroscience community. This program is intended to promote pilot projects, collaborative ventures and significant new research directions that are not readily supported by standard grant sources. The research should be highly responsive to the Systems Neuroscience Center’s newly clarified mission statement

Eligibility: Applicants must be faculty or postdocs at WU. If the applicant is a postdoc, the application must include a letter of support from their mentor stating that they have permission to apply, that the project is driven by the postdoc and clarifying how the mentor will support this effort. If the applicant is a faculty member at the instructor stage or is on a non-tenure track (clinical or research track), the application must include a letter of support from the applicant’s Department Head stating the department’s commitment to the applicant’s research career development at WU.

Budget: Grants can be for 1-2 years, with a maximum budget of $50,000 per year, starting July 1 of the award year. The budget can include equipment, operating expenses, and/or salary for personnel, including Postdoctoral Research Associates, but not for faculty. Funding for graduate students is allowed, but only with compelling justification and may not exceed 50% effort per year. Travel requests are not allowed, unless critical to the scientific goals of the project. Funds must be used within WU and cannot be sent to other institutions. Funds are expected to be used within the time frame stated in the award. No-cost extension requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Review Criteria: The review committee favors proposals with evidence that the project will lead to new or expanded outside funding, projects that involve multiple WU investigators, and new collaborations. The application should make clear how the proposed research fits within the mission of the Systems Neuroscience Center. Priority is given to those applicants who have not been recently funded by either McDonnell Center.

Submission: FY23 SGP instructions and application form

Deadline: March 18, 2022. Applications should be a single PDF sent to the Project Manager (Carmen Horn, horn_c@wustl.edu). The PDF should include the full application that meets the eligibility criteria and follows the application instructions. Applications will be reviewed by the Operations Committee. Decisions typically are made by June 1st and notification will come from the Center Director (Tamara Hershey, PhD) or Administrators (Carmen Horn, Rashelle Popinski). 

For additional information, contact Carmen Horn.