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Innovator Award for Early Career Independent Investigators in Neuroscience

Innovator Award for Early Career Independent Investigators in Neuroscience

Prize Money
1500000 USD
Granting Body
The New York Stem Cell Foundation

Award Information

Honors or benefits
The recipients of the NYSCF – Robertson Investigator Award will be recognized at The NYSCF Conference in October 2019.
Field of research
Neuroscience (all fields), broadly interpreted
To be eligible, candidates must: -Have completed one or more of the following degrees: MD, PhD, DPhil -Be within 5 years of starting a faculty (professorship) or comparable position on June 1, 2019 -Have demonstrated ability to independently supervise staff and research -Have a publication record containing articles that are innovative and high impact In addition, since routes to independence vary significantly outside of the United States, candidates based at institutions outside the United States should consider the following when assessing their eligibility: -Do they write grants in their own name? -Do they report directly to funding agencies rather than a senior colleague? -Do they supervise their own graduate students and/or postdocs?
Age limit
No age
**Please note: applicants need not be working in areas related to stem cells.** The goal of these awards is to foster truly bold, innovative scientists with the potential to transform the field of neuroscience. Applicants are encouraged in the fundamental areas of developmental, cellular, cognitive, behavioral neuroscience, and translational neuroscience, broadly interpreted. These awards are open to applicants around the world. Physician scientists are highly encouraged to apply. This RFA is open to independent investigators *around the world*. The application must be completed online ( The components include: -Contact details and other relevant administrative information. -A one-page summary of the candidate’s research accomplishments and the central directions of lab [Please note: this is a career development award, not a project specific award, and funds may be used at the discretion of applicants to increase the impact of their research, subject to the terms of the award letter.] -A research plan representative of the types of projects being undertaken in the candidate’s lab, of not more than 7 pages, including embedded figures, that contains a summary, goals, experimental design, timeline, significance and relevance to the field. References will not count towards the page limit. -The candidate’s curriculum vitae, not to exceed 3 pages -A list of the candidate’s five most significant publications -3 letters of reference, which must be submitted in the online system by the application deadline -Details of other secured and pending financial support -Applications from candidates based at institutions outside the US should also include a letter from the appropriate administrative institutional official confirming the candidate’s eligibility, good standing, and that if selected; the candidate would be able to accept the award. -Applicants must submit an institutional report card for gender equality in order for the application to be considered complete. Details and FAQ’s can be found at
Next application deadline
Date of awarding ceremony

Contact Information

Richard Ha
619 W 54th St New York, NY 10019 USA

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