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Deadline: 2017 Technology Awards

September 22, 2016 - Applications for the 2017 Technological Innovations in Neuroscience awards are due December 5, 2016. 

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 letters of intent for the 2017 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards.

Use of Award Funds

These awards encourage and support scientists working on the development of novel and creative approaches to understanding brain function. The Endowment Fund is interested in how a new technology may be used to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. Technology may take any form, from biochemical tools to instruments to software and mathematical approaches. Because the program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences, research based primarily on existing techniques will not be considered.

A goal of the Technology Awards is to foster collaboration between the neurosciences and other disciplines; therefore, collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are explicitly invited. For descriptions of previous awards, click here.


Investigators who are conducting research at institutions within the United States are invited to apply. Applicants must be in tenured or tenure-track faculty positions, and may not be employees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or scientists within the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health. Funds may be used toward a variety of research activities, but not the recipient’s salary. Applicants may not hold another type of McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience award that would overlap with the Technological Innovations Award.

Selection Process

To apply, submit the application form and a two-page letter of intent (use 11-point font) summarizing the project and describing how the technology involved is new to the field, will enrich the neurosciences, and will become accessible to other researchers in the field. Please include data if available. The selection committee will invite a few applicants to submit detailed proposals, which will be due in early April 2017. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of creativity, the potential benefit of the new approach, and the significance of the problems to be addressed. Competition is very intense, so we encourage applicants to re-apply. Up to three awards are made annually, each providing $100,000 (per year) for two years. Funding begins August 1, 2017.

The Letter of Intent deadline is December 5, 2016 (midnight in the last time zone on earth).

Please email ONE PDF file that includes the application form and the 2-page project description to: (references may be outside the 2-page limit, but may be no more than two pages). If you do not receive email confirmation of receipt of your LOI within a week of submission, please contact Eileen Maler at 612-333-4220 or