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How to Apply: Technology Awards

The first step is to submit a two-page letter of intent describing the project and how the technology involved will enrich the neurosciences and become accessible to other research in the field.

The letter of intent should include the email address 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. Proposals will be evaluated on the creativity and potential benefit of the approach and the significance of the problems to be addressed.

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 are announced in late June and begin on August 1. See current announcement.

Competition is intense, and investigators who do not receive an award are encouraged to reapply.


Candidates for McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience 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 developing new techniques or applying techniques to 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 Technology award