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Foundation Highlighted Funding Opportunities | February 2024

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: Young Investigator Grants

Grant Amount: $70,000 over two years
Deadline: March 12, 2024

Additional Information -
The BBRF Young Investigator Grant program offers up to $35,000 a year for up to two (2) years to enable promising investigators to either extend their research fellowship training or to begin careers as independent research faculty.

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. The foundation invests in the most innovative ideas in neuroscience and psychiatric research to better understand the causes and develop new ways to treat brain and behavior disorders.

To be eligible:

You may only apply twice for your first BBRF Young Investigator Grant.

  • If you have previously received a BBRF Young Investigator Grant, you may only apply once more for a second BBRF Young Investigator Grant.
  • You may only be awarded a total of two BBRF Young Investigator Grants.
  • If you are an assistant professor who is currently or has been a principal investigator (PI) on an NIH R01 Grant (or equivalent national/international; non-mentored award), you are now ineligible to apply for a BBRF Young Investigator Grant.
  • Some disorders such as Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease are supported by BBRF only if primary psychiatric disorders are included in the research design. Transdiagnostic designs involving several disorders are welcome.

See the Foundation’s Face Sheet application requirement for more information.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity. 

MIT Solve: The Trinity Challenge for Antibiotic Resistance

Grant Amount: 1 Million GBP 
Deadline: Submit solution by February 29, 2024

Additional Information -
Antimicrobial resistance refers specifically to resistance of bacteria to antibiotics - is a One Health crisis threatening health, food, and environmental security. Current estimates show that the deaths of 4.95 million people each year are associated with antimicrobial resistance, 1.27 million of which are directly attributable to resistance to antibiotics. That death toll is estimated to increase to 10 million per year by 2050. The loss of functioning antibiotics increases our risk from common medical procedures such as surgery, cancer care, and treatment of everyday infections. If left unchecked, antimicrobial resistance will push 24 million people into extreme poverty by 2030, and result in a loss of $13 billion in livestock value per year. 

Although national action plans have been drawn up to mitigate antimicrobial resistance, investment in research and development is being reinvigorated, and support for laboratory infrastructure in some low-income countries has contributed to increased surveillance, much remains to be done. Our current understanding of antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic use, access, and quality, comes almost exclusively from high-income country hospital and industry settings. Community-level data across the One Health spectrum in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is a major untouched gap.

We need bold thinking, meaningful collaboration and committed action to fill this gap. By harnessing the power of data and technology at the community level - where the majority of antibiotics are used - we can better understand the problem and take action to protect people, animals, and the environment.

The Trinity Challenge on Antimicrobial Resistance seeks solutions which fall into one or more of the following Challenge Objectives:  

  • Innovation to identify new sources of data, collection, and analysis
  • Integration of existing and novel data sets with citizen-related data (CRD)
  • Implementation of more effective policy and action on antimicrobial resistance by using these tools

Solutions might respond to this One Health crisis by, for example: 

  • Developing new forms of community surveillance for antimicrobial resistance
  • Delivering sustainable access to effective antimicrobials 
  • Developing (or updating) more accurate estimates of bacterial disease and antimicrobial resistance burden
  • Creating greater understanding of community transmission and drivers of antimicrobial resistance in humans, animals, and food production systems 
  • Informing and influencing antimicrobial resistance One Health policy decision making  
  • Countering the dissemination of substandard and falsified antimicrobials for bacterial infection 
  • Improving farm biosafety and environmental security

For guidance on some of the key questions your solution might seek to address, please refer to the Sample Questions.

Please contact Sara Salmon if you are interested in applying to this opportunity. 


Thrasher Research Fund: Early-career Awards for Children's Health

Grant Amount: $25,000
Deadline: Concept papers due March 19, 2024

Additional Information - 
The purpose of this program is to encourage the development of researchers in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area. The goal is to fund applicants who will go on to be independent investigators. The Fund will make up to 32 awards total with two funding cycles (16 awards each).
The Fund is open to a wide variety of research topics. We do not focus on a particular ​disease, but all our funded projects deal directly with children's health.

In the Early Career Award Program, the Fund is particularly interested in applicants that show great potential to impact that field of children's health through medical research. Both an applicant's aptitude and inclination toward research are considered. The quality of the mentor and the mentoring relationship are also considered to be important predictors of success.

Those eligible to apply include:

  1. Physicians who are in a residency/fellowship training program, or who completed that program no more than one year before the Concept Paper deadline.
  2. Post-doctoral researchers who received the doctoral level degree no more than three years before the Concept Paper deadline.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.