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Welcome to the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience


 New cells are born in a mouse brain center for learning and memory.
Image courtesy of McKnight neuroscientist Mirjana Maletic-Savatic.

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience is an independent charitable organization, established by The McKnight Foundation, working to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain and behavior can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated.

The Endowment Fund supports innovative research through three competitive annual awards which seek out investigators whose research shows promise in bringing society closer to preventions, treatments, and cures for many devastating diseases. Research supported by the Endowment Fund has furthered understanding of such impairments as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and many others.

The Awards

The Endowment Fund for Neuroscience administers three awards. For information on each award — including application deadlines, eligibility requirements, past recipients, and other details — follow these links:

Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards: For scientists working to apply the knowledge achieved through basic research to human brain disorders that affect memory or cognition.

Scholar Awards: For scientists in the early stages of setting up their independent laboratories and beginning to focus on disorders of learning and memory.

Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards: For scientists developing new technologies or using technology in new ways to expand neuroscience research.


A board made up of eminent neuroscientists directs the Endowment Fund, with administrative support from The McKnight Foundation. The board selects awardees on the basis of recommendations by selection committees, which also are made up of prominent scientists.


Annual Conference

Each year The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience invites a few past and present awardees and others to share ideas formally and informally at a conference. Presentations focus on awardees' research and on topics selected by the board. Each year, a different brain disease or disorder receives special attention. The conference is designed to facilitate collaboration, strengthen research, and encourage innovative thinking about problems in neuroscience.