Whitehall Foundation: Grants for Brain Research & Treatment

OVERVIEW: The Whitehall Foundation supports brain research work as it relates to mechanisms of behavior. The foundation does not award grants for specific diseases or treatments.

IP TAKE: This is a pretty approachable funder that accepts unsolicited letters of intent. It also gives out a decent number of grants annually. Whitehall is a good resource for those having trouble getting funding from other sources.

PROFILE: The Whitehall Foundation awards grants to assist life sciences research and is currently looking at projects related to neurobiology. The foundation’s interests include research into behavior. According to Whitehall, “The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.”

The Whitehall Foundation awards grants to principal investigators and researchers not currently receiving substantial support from federal government agencies. The foundation defines substantial support as around $200,000 annually, which includes direct and indirect expenses but not the principle investigator’s salary.

The two type of researchers Whitehall primarily wants to back are early-career scientists and senior scientists entering a new field of study. However, the foundation notes that applications from scientists of all ages and career stages will be considered.

Whitehall operates two aid programs. Its Research Grants program makes awards to established scientist no matter their age, who are working at accredited U.S. institutions. Grant amount range from $30,000 to $75,000 annually. The foundation’s Grants-in-Aid program makes awards to scientists who currently hold assistant professor level positions. Grants are typically awarded for one-year and generally don’t top $30,000.

To obtain more information about the scientists and work Whitehall supports, explore the Grant Recipients page on its website.

Whitehall accepts unsolicited letters of intent with deadlines falling on January 15, April 15 and October 1. Note that investigators can only submit one LOI per year.  

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