Brain Aneurysm Foundation: Brain Research & Treatment

OVERVIEW: This funder supports scientific research to improve early detection, treatment and technological advances for patients suffering from brain aneurysms. Grants go to researchers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

IP TAKE: Early detection is a huge issue for this funder, so focus your application on this, if possible. Budget for a $25,000 grant, but you might receive more like $10,000.

PROFILE: The Brain Aneurysm Foundation (BAF) was established in 1994 in Boston, and has become the top organization dedicated to this cause in the U.S. According to recent statistics, about one in 50 Americans will develop a brain aneurysm during their lifetimes, about 25,000 people suffer from ruptured brain aneurysms each year, and about half of those victims will die from the disorder.

This funder’s goals are to promote early detection and raise awareness about the risk factors and symptoms of brain aneurysms. It does this by funding research in the field and working with medical communities to support patients. This condition is known as a “silent killer” because it is often asymptomatic for long periods of time. Brain aneurysms can affect children, young adults, and older adults.

BAF accepts scientific research applications for grants to improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms. Applicants should focus their studies on early detection, improved treatments and technological advances. Consideration is also given to researchers working on projects that are focused on translation, imaging and subarachnoid hemorrhages.

Grants are often around $25,000, and past application deadlines have typically fallen in mid-May each year. However, smaller grants are commonly awarded as well, in the $10,000 to $15,000 range. Early detection is a huge issue for this funder, so focus your application on this for the best result. Application information and FAQs can be found here.

Past grant recipients can be viewed on the Research Grant Awards page. In a recent year, the foundation awarded $265,000 to 13 grant recipients. Grants are regularly awarded to researchers affiliated with universities and hospitals in both the United States and Canada. However, researchers do not have to be citizens of the United States or Canada to apply and receive funding. Grant recipients are presented at the Brain Aneurysm Foundation’s Annual Research Grant Awards Dinner, usually held in mid-September.

Follow the foundation’s blog to keep up with what the staff is paying attention to at any given time. The foundation is based in Hanover, Massachusetts, and the general office contact information is 781-826-5556 and Questions about the grantmaking process should be directed to Executive Director Christine Buckley at


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