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Office of Neuroscience Research > Resources and Facilities > Small Grants Program - McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology

Small Grants Program - McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology


The McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology has an ongoing small grants program to support promising new research initiatives within the Washington University neuroscience community. Applications are welcomed from investigators whose research fits within the Center's overall mission, which is to improve our understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying nervous system function in health and disease. 

Many specific areas of investigation are within this scope including but not limited to brain development, neural stem cell biology, axon and dendrite biology, synapse function, receptor biology, membrane channels, transporters, growth factors, signaling mechanisms, control of gene expression, mechanisms of intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders and other neuropsychiatric disorders, brain tumors, and neurodegenerative diseases.

The Center especially encourages interdisciplinary approaches that enhance collaborative interactions including between basic scientists and clinical investigators. Applications must originate from tenure track or research faculty at or above the level of assistant professor. Grants will be awarded for a period of one year, with a maximum budget of $40,000, starting July 1, 2017. Funds can include equipment, operating expenses, and/or salary for personnel, including Postdoctoral Research Associates (but not for the Principal Investigator). Travel requests should be modest.

The program is intended to promote:

  • pilot projects
  • collaborative ventures
  • significant new research directions not readily supported by standard grant sources.

Applications are encouraged from faculty not previously supported by either of the McDonnell Centers. Applications must originate from faculty at or above the Assistant Professor level on any track.  Proposals must respect limits on number of pages, font size and margins, as described in the instructions on the first page of the application form. Proposals not conforming to the new limits may be returned without review.

2017 Application Process

Application Deadline:  Friday, March 24, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.  

2017 McDonnell Cellular Small Grant Application Form

2017 McDonnell Cellular Budget Form

For questions, contact Laura Williams.