McKnight Foundation: Neurobiology of Brain Disorders Award

The McKnight Foundation invites applications for its McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Neurobiology of Brain Disorders Award. The foundation seeks to assist scientists working to apply the knowledge achieved through basic research to human brain disorders and who demonstrate a commitment to equitable and inclusive lab environments. The foundation is interested in proposals that address the biological mechanisms of neurological and psychiatric disorders. This includes proposals that provide mechanistic insights into neurological functions at the synaptic, cellular, molecular, genetic, or behavioral level across different species, including humans and vertebrate and invertebrate model organisms. A new additional area of interest is the contribution of the environment to brain disorders. The foundation is particularly interested in proposals incorporating new approaches and those providing potential paths for therapeutic interventions. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are encouraged.

According to the foundation, early-life environmental stress is a powerful disposing factor for later neurological and psychiatric disorders. Studies show communities of color are at higher risk for these stressors, which range from environmental (e.g., climate, nutrition, exposure to chemicals, pollution) to social (e.g., family, education, housing, poverty). From a clinical perspective, understanding how environmental factors contribute to brain disease is essential for developing effective therapies. In 2023, the foundation welcomes inquiries about the relevance of a particular research proposal to this focus.

To be eligible, applicants for the McKnight NBD Award must be independent investigators at not-for-profit research institutions in the United States. They must hold faculty positions as assistant professors, associate professors, or professors.

Letters of intent are due December 12, 2022, and selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals due by April 24, 2023.

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