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 an 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 works to “assist those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by Federal Agencies or other foundations with specialized missions.” The Whitehall Foundation awards grants to principal investigators and researchers not currently receiving substantial support from federal government agencies. Whitehall has two Grant Programs, supporting broad research goals and underfunded scientists.

Whitehall’s Research Grants support “established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the United States.” Grant amount range from $30,000 to $75,000 annually for up to three years. Note that the grant “will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources.” The foundation’s Grants-in-Aid program is available to researchers at the assistant professor level “who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established.” Grants are typically awarded for one-year up to $30,000.

To obtain more information about the scientists and work Whitehall supports, explore the Grant Recipients page on its website. Whitehall has three grant cycles per year. It invites applicants to send a one-page letter of intent and research abstract.

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