Pilot Grant Submissions Requested!

The Neurogenomics and Informatics (NGI) Center ( is requesting proposals for the 2024 pilot grant program.

Projects may involve one or more collaborating laboratories. The Project PI must be an NGI-affiliated member. As a pilot grant, we do not intend to fund ongoing projects, but rather projects to develop preliminary results for future grant submissions or projects exploring the transition from non-human model systems to human genetics. Projects should aim to address at least one of the objectives stated below.

Through the NGI, affiliate members will also have access to large and well-characterized datasets for AD, PD, and stroke. Genetic, proteomic, and metabolomic analyses have already been carried out on many of these samples. More detail on the available data can be found on our resource sharing hub.

Letters of intent (LOIs) may be submitted by affiliated members of the NGI Center.  The Project PI must be a member as of the submission deadline. Please download and complete the LOI application form linked here (check downloads). LOIs must be returned by email to along with biosketch(es) for the project PI(s) and a budget estimate and justification by 5:00pm CST on January 12, 2024.

Selected LOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal within 2 weeks. Full pilot project submissions will be due by March 8, 2024. The full submission must include: a technical abstract (250 words, which will be made public in case of project being awarded), specific aims (1 page maximum), research plan (5 pages maximum), references, detailed budget and budget justification, and biosketch(s) and other support for the PI(s). Funding announcements will be the week of April 19, 2024. Selected proposals will receive up to $100,000 for a one-year project period for collaborative projects or up to $50,000 for an individual project. The project funding period is May 3, 2024 through April 30, 2025.

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