Three Rules for Landing a Human Cognition Grant From McDonnell

It’s a well-known fact that the St. Louis, Missouri-based firm the James S. McDonnell Foundation is a notoriously tough nut to crack. Their endowment is approaching half a billion dollars in worth, yet they only hand out about $30 million in awards each year. To complicate matters, the area in which they give the most money, Brain Cancer Research, is by invitation-only. Womp, womp. Better to focus, then, on the extremely selective, extremely prestigious Human Cognition Grants—up to $100K a year for six years. They only hand out a dozen (at most) per year, so you better do your homework if you want their consideration. Below, our top tips for landing one.
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