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1907 Trailblazer Award - Neuroscience & Mental Health

Restricted call: 1907 Trailblazer Award (internal deadline 16 March 2020)


1907 Research has announced the 1907 Trailblazer Award to support early career investigators researching the causes of & cures for mental illness.


The award is US$120,000 over a two-year duration, comprised of the following:

  • US$100,000 Unrestricted Gift for research & administrative costs
  • US$20,000 Prize directly payable to the award recipient (50% after year 1, 50% after year 2)
  • Annual Meeting travel & expenses for two years


Applications for the 1907 Trailblazer Award should describe programs of work that aim to improve knowledge and outcomes of psychiatric illness through brain-mind research. Projects must be grounded in the study of biological mechanisms underlying brain function, cognitive processes, and/or consciousness. Eligible disciplines include but are not limited to neuroscience, neurology, psychology, psychiatry, cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology, computational neuroscience, neuroimaging, genetics and engineering (including novel technologies and devices).


Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be within ten years of the date when PhD/MD degree was awarded
  • Applicants will currently be employed by a university or public research institute in the US, the UK, or Canada, with full-time employment guaranteed for the duration of the project. Applicants must already work in a supervisory role
  • Applicants will have demonstrated independence from senior colleagues. They must be able to initiate and direct their own research as principal investigator, have full responsibility for running their labs and full control of their research funds. Postdoctoral fellows or adjunct faculty are not eligible to apply
  • Applicants will have a strong track record of scientific publications relevant to their research program
  • Research applications may be related to but cannot be identical to any other currently funded projects


For further information on the call and the application form, please check the funder guidance notes.


University Internal selection:

Institutions can only submit two applications. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy.


To take part in the internal selection process please submit the attached internal selection form together with a support letter from the Head of the Department / Centre / Institute that will hold the grant, confirming their support for the project and agreement to host the grant to by 16 March 2020.


Funder deadlines:

Registration of selected applicants by the University: 30 April 2020

Submission of proposal by selected applicants: 31 May 2020


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Posted on 21/02/2020

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