Brain Institute Grant Assistance Program
for Multi-Investigator Grants
Brain Institute members are invited to submit applications for grant proposal preparation support to the Brain Institute for proposals that meet the following criteria:
- Key personnel include at least two faculty members from at least two different departments
- The proposal budget is at least $400,000 per year in direct costs*
- The relevant department chairs will indicate support of the interdisciplinary proposal on the grant assistance application form
- The proposal will be submitted under the Brain Institute's Org ID.
Successful applicants will receive a “grant of time” from Brain Institute staff. Brain Institute staff will help to coordinate proposal preparation with the use of the U of U's Web-based collaboration platform, Unite; will collect and format required documents including biosketches, budgets, resources and facilities, etc.; will review final proposal documents for readability and adherence to funding agency instructions; and will prepare and submit the final application package to the Office of Sponsored Projects officer assigned to the Brain Institute. Grants that are funded will be administered by the Brain Institute. Post-award services include expense reports, budget projections and assistance with reporting to the funding agency.
*Please note that proposals involving five or more faculty researchers and a budget of $1,000,000 per year or more in direct costs should be submitted to the Vice President for Research Office's Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP). The advantage of applying for grant support through CRSP is that the CRSP program provides up to $50,000 in additional support for salary support of key personnel during proposal preparation; travel related to proposal preparation; and miscellaneous expenses. Brain Institute members who submit an application to CRSP may elect to work with Brain Institute grant-writing staff in addition to the CRSP Collaborative Grant Writing Officers.
Applications are welcome on a rolling basis, and must be submitted at least six weeks before the grant proposal deadline. Applications may be submitted using our online application form.
Each application will be reviewed within two weeks of receipt by a Brain Institute-appointed committee. Applications will be prioritized based on scientific merit and the likelihood of immediate and long-term extramural funding. Successful applicants will meet with Brian Institute staff to formulate a timeline and work plan. Adherence to agreed-upon deadlines and scope of work ensures continued assistance from the Brain Institute.