Leon Levy Foundation: Grants for Brain Research and Treatment

OVERVIEW: The Leon Levy Foundation’s brain research support largely revolves around the foundation’s multiple neuroscience fellowships.

IP TAKE: Levy might be competitive, but its grants are large. Unfortunately, little funding occurs beyond fellowships.

PROFILE: The Leon Levy Foundation was established in 2004 with an endowment from the estate of “Wall Street investment genius” Leon Levy. The foundation has a broad range of focus areas, including the Ancient World, Arts and Humanities, Neuroscience, Human Rights, Jewish Culture, and Nature and Gardens.

Levy’s Neuroscience program is one of its more limited initiatives, consisting only of the Leon Levy Fellowship. These fellowships are intended to “support exceptional young researchers in a wide range of fields as they pursue innovative investigations in neuroscience and advance their careers toward independent research.” Unfortunately, they are available only at a select five New York City institutions: Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NYU Langone Health, The Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell Medicine. Levy does not accept direct applications for these fellowships; applicants must consult with their school’s financial aid office for more information on qualifying.

The Leon Levy Foundation is not transparent about its grantmaking habits, but it sometimes publishes News about select grantees. This foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals or letters of inquiry of any sort, and it exclusively funds organization in the New York City area.

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