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How to Apply: Memory & Cognitive Disorders Awards

The first step is to submit a two-page letter of intent describing how McKnight award support would permit new approaches and accomplishments toward the development of translational research.

The letter should address the following questions:

  1. What clinical problem are you addressing? How does this affect memory or cognition?
  2. What are your specific aims?
  3. How will the knowledge and experience you have gained in basic research be applied to improving the understanding of a brain disorder or disease?
The letter should clearly describe how the proposed research will uncover mechanisms of brain injury or diseases related to memory or cognition and how it will translate to diagnosis, prevention, treatment, or cure.

The letter of intent should include the email addresses of the principal investigators and a title for the project.

Selection Process

A review committee will evaluate the letters and will invite a few candidates to submit complete proposals.

Following review of the proposals, the committee will recommend up to four awards to the Board of Directors of the Endowment Fund. The board will make the final decision.

Awards will be announced in December and begin on February 1 of the following year. For details, see current announcement.


Candidates for Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards:

  • Must be working at not-for-profit institutions within the United States.
  • Must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or higher, e.g. associate professor or professor, at institutions within the United States. Scientists holding other titles such as research professor, adjunct professor, professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are not eligible

  • Must be addressing clinically relevant areas of neuroscience in new ways.
  • May not be employees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or scientists within the intramural program of the National Institutes of Health.
  • May not hold another McKnight award that would overlap with the Memory and Cognitive Disorders award.