BD Biosciences: Grants for Brain Research

OVERVIEW: BD Biosciences offers research grants for cancer and multiple immunology-related fields across the United States.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers should note that brevity is key when applying to BD Biosciences. The abstract is limited to 4,000 characters, which means submissions should stick to the highlights rather than deep detail, but be compelling.

PROFILE: BD Biosciences is a leader in medical diagnostics and research tools, providing instruments, reagents, and cell cultures to researchers around the world. While grantmaking is not the main focus of the organization’s work, it does have a research grant program that aims to “reward and enable important research by providing vital funding to scientists pursuing innovative experiments that advance the scientific understanding of disease.” It offers modest research grants in both immunology and cancer research.

BDB’s Immunology Grants prioritizes research into multicolor flow cytometry, cell signaling, stem cell research, immune function, infectious disease, and neuroscience. The organization only awards a total of $140,000 in grants to 14 scientists each year, so brain researchers may face strong competition.

BDB’s Cancer Grants, which support “scientists pursuing innovative ideas in cancer research, helping to define the next generation of scientific breakthroughs.” While the program does not state brain tumors as a priority, this is the vehicle through which BDB funds such work. BDB distributes a total of $100,000 each year to ten scientists.

To learn more about the research BD Biosciences has supported, explore its past grants. BD Biosciences grants are available to US-based scientists and research labs. It also funds scientists and labs in select European locations.

The online application starts with a simple 4,000 word abstract. Grant decisions are made by a panel of judges not affiliated with BD Biosciences. Abstracts are accepted three times a year on the first of January, June, and July.

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