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Office of Neuroscience Research > Resources and Facilities > Small Grants Program - McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience

Small Grants Program - McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience


The McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience 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 information processing and other integrative functions of the brain in health and disease. Areas appropriate for support include perception, language, learning and memory, sensory-motor processing, attention, emotion, and related cognitive functions. The Center encourages interdisciplinary approaches that enhance interactions between clinical and basic researchers and between theorists and experimentalists. Your application should make clear how the proposed research fits within the mission of the Center.

Grants will be for periods of one or two years, with a maximum budget of $40,000 per year, starting July 1 of the award year. Funds can include equipment, operating expenses, and/or salary for personnel, including Postdoctoral Research Associates (but not for the principal investigator or graduate students). 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 Washington University.

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 limits may be returned without review. 

The grant application deadline is Friday, March 24, 2017 by 5:00pm 

Instructions and Grant Application Forms may be found by visiting the McDonnell Center for System Neuroscience website at: