McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience – Small Grants Program

The Center's overall mission is to improve our understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying nervous system function in health and disease.

Application is closed for the FY19 McDonnell Systems Small Grants Proposals

Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018 by 5:00 pm. 

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 within the last five years 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 23, 2018, 5:00pm 
Instructions and Grant Application Forms may be found by visiting the McDonnell Center for System Neuroscience website.