Applications for the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Scholar Award due January 4, 2021.
The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience invites applications for the 2021 McKnight Scholar Awards.
These awards were established to give promising young investigators in the early stages of an independent research career the opportunity to develop their work on critical problems in brain science. Applicants for the McKnight Scholar Awards must demonstrate interest in solving important problems in relevant areas of neuroscience, including the translation of basic research to clinical neuroscience. Awards are given to exceptional young scientists who hold the M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree and who are in the early stages of establishing an independent laboratory and research career. Traditionally, successful candidates have held faculty positions for at least one year. For the names of previous recipients and their projects, click here.
In this competition, up to six McKnight Scholars will be selected to receive three years of support, beginning July 1, 2021. Applicants must have:
- An M.D., Ph.D., or other suitable doctorate
- A record of meritorious research
- Evidence of a commitment to a career in neuroscience
- Full-time appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, and must have served at that rank for less than four years at the application deadline. Scientists holding other titles such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible, and time spent in service in those ranks does not count against the four years of service for determining eligibility.
- Documentation that the sponsoring institution has government approval for the applicant to work in the U.S.
Applicants may not:
- Be intramural employees such as those at the Allen Institute, National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and similar institutions
- Apply in more than two rounds of competition
- Have already been granted tenure
- Hold another award from the McKnight Endowment Fund
Amount and purpose of support
Each McKnight Scholar will receive $75,000 annually in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Funds may be used in any way that will facilitate development of the Scholar’s research program, but not for indirect costs.
A review committee will evaluate applications and invite a select few to interview with the committee. Applicants selected will be notified by late March. The interviews are scheduled for Thursday, April 22, 2021 in New York City if travel is advisable; if travel is not advisable, we will schedule zoom interviews. The committee will then recommend candidates to the Board of Directors of the Endowment Fund for final decision. Awards will be announced by late May 2021.
To access the application and guidelines and online portal, click here.