PIVOT/COS Funding Opportunities

Pivot/Community of Science Funding Opportunities is a database offering the most comprehensive list of available funding options. It provides easy searching with a guided search wizard, sortable result options and features to save your searches. It provides more than 25,000 records and $33 billion in funding opportunities from a variety of sources (private, public, national and local governments, etc.). To view the many funding opportunities available, please visit their website.

NARSAD The Brain and Behavior Research Fund

NARSAD offers grants to researchers studying psychiatric disorders at universities or nonprofit institutions. They have awarded more than $257 million in the form of 3,790 grants since 1987. All types of researchers are encouraged to apply for grants through NARSAD, as they have grants available for young, independent or distinguished investigators who are located either in the U.S. or internationally. In addition to offering numerous grant opportunities, NARSAD also recognizes outstanding research in the psychiatry field by presenting awards and prizes. For more information on grants and deadlines, please visit their website.

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

In 1977, the McKnight Foundation began supporting basic research in the field of neuroscience. Over the years it has grown and established the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience as a permanent commitment to the field. They now work to bring diseases of the brain and the basic sciences closer together so they can be more accurately diagnosed and/or prevented. They annually award four competitive grants.

  • Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards
  • Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Awards
  • Scholar Awards
  • Technological Innovation in Neuroscience Awards

For more information about the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience, please visit their website.

American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN)

The AANN is committed to the advancement of neuroscience nursing as a specialty to promote excellent patient care. Through their leadership they want to instill passion in the field to create a stronger future for the specialty. They have many award programs that are centered on professional excellence in neuroscience nursing by recognizing individual as well as team contributions toward the association's mission. For specific information on programs and deadlines, please visit their website.

The Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program

The Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) Defense Appropriations Act provided $80 million to the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) to fund research that will eliminate death and suffering from prostate cancer. This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). A summary of PCRP funding opportunities, detailed descriptions of each of these opportunities, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found on their website.

American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) Research Grants

The major goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research. AFAR supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging. Projects investigating age-related diseases are also supported, especially if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders are also encouraged, as long as these include connections to fundamental problems in the biology of aging. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes or the social context of aging are not eligible.

Examples of promising areas of research include:

  • Aging and immune function
  • Genetic control of longevity
  • Neurobiology and neuropathology of aging
  • Invertebrate or vertebrate animal models

For more information on the federation and about their funding opportunities, please visit their website.

Support of Mentors and their Students in the Neurosciences (SOMAS)

The SOMAS program is designed to support junior faculty (untenured/pre-tenure assistant professors, typically within five years of having completed their Ph.D. and postdoctoral training) in the neurosciences seeking to launch research programs with undergraduate student collaborators. Faculty from predominantly undergraduate institutions are eligible for awards of up to $8,000 to cover a supply budget, summer student housing, faculty and student stipends, and travel expenses to the joint Annual Meetings of the Society for Neuroscience and Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.

Selections are made based on the justifications for and the quality of the proposed research experience for the undergraduate. Preference is given to faculty from underrepresented minority groups (URM), to faculty from institutions serving women and/or minority groups, or to faculty who have identified URM students as research collaborators. Special consideration is given to faculty members with little experience in grant writing and who are just beginning their research programs. For more information, please visit their website.

APS: Future Leaders in Pain Research Grants Program

The American Pain Society (APS) will award five grants in the amount of $20,000 each to those research proposals demonstrating the greatest merit and potential for success. This grant program has been established to fund research projects of doctorally prepared investigators who have not yet attained NIH RO1 level funding. The program’s intent is to encourage research in pain that will add to the body of knowledge, and to allow investigators to develop pilot data that will aid them in securing additional major grant funding. More information can be found on their website.

National Headache Foundation

The National Headache Foundation (NHF) supports research in the field of headache and pain as a part of its mission, which also includes offering education and information to headache sufferers. The National Headache Foundation is interested in research protocols that are objectively sound and whose results can, when published in the medical literature, contribute to the better understanding and treatment of headache and pain.

Grants may be used for the purchasing of supplies needed for the study (chemical or pharmacological reagents, laboratory animals, tissue culture materials, forms, etc.) and for costs related to recruiting patients, data analysis and interpreting or reading results. For more information on this grant, please visit their website.

International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

This association brings together scientists, clinicians, health care providers and policy makers to stimulate and support the study of pain, and to translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide. The IASP is the leading professional forum for science, practice and education in the field of pain. They provide an extensive number of grant and award programs to support investigators working in basic or clinical research and to support education in developing countries. Below is a list of some of the grant opportunities.

  • IASP Early Career Research Grants
  • IASP Collaborative Research Grants
  • IASP John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship
  • IASP Research Symposia

For more information on grants provided by the IASP, please visit their website

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association (AFSA)

The AFSA's primary mission is to fund superior quality, scientific studies on fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), which is an extremely painful, fatiguing and often debilitating medical condition. The association funds research that investigates the causes and treatments for FMS. Grant proposals submitted for review should be relevant to AFSA's research priorities. They are currently funding eight individual grants that focus on fibromyalgia up to $50,000 for a one-year period. For more information on this grant, please visit their website.

Rita Allen Foundation

The Rita Allen Foundation, established in 1953, was a modest sized foundation until Rita Allen Cassel died in 1969 and left a substantial portion of her estate to the Foundation. She directed that most of these funds be used to advance medical research. From these beginnings, the Foundation established the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program which has supported more than one hundred scientists since then. Many of these scholars have made important advances in medical research. For more information on how to apply for this grant and to review its guidelines, please visit their website.

Harold Wolff-John Graham Award: An Award for Headache/Facial Pain Research

This award recognizes individuals who have submitted research results in the field of headache and facial pain. It honors two famous headache researchers and clinicians, who made outstanding contributions to the field of research in headache and inpatient care.

The recipient is expected to present a 10-minute lecture during a headache scientific session at the AAN Annual Meeting. The recipient will receive a certificate of recognition and $1,000 prize, complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting, and recognition at the Awards Luncheon at the Annual Meeting. For more information on this grant, please visit this website.

The PhRMA Foundation

For more than 46 years the PhRMA Foundation has supported the training, research and careers of young pharmaceutical scientists by awarding competitive grants and fellowships. The Foundation's programs have helped facilitate the careers of thousands of scientific investigators, faculty members, and physicians. Every program aims to improve the field of drug discovery and development. By supporting up-and-coming scientists, the Foundation is also advancing public ​health. For more information, please visit the PHRMA website.


Brain Research Foundation Summer Fellowships

Summer student fellowships are available for bright, motivated students who have finished their sophomore, junior or senior year at the undergraduate level, or their first year of graduate or medical school. IES Brain Research Foundation Summer Fellows receive a stipend of $2,500 and are expected to spend 8-10 weeks during the summer being trained in a first-rate U.S. laboratory. Applicants should arrange training with and be accepted by a faculty sponsor, who is the head of a first-rate laboratory at a university, medical school or research institute in the U.S. For more information and applications, please visit their website.

Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience (BRAIN) Summer Program

If you are interested and ready for an exciting summer neuroscience research experience, consider applying for the BRAIN Summer Program. Atlanta-based BRAIN invites applications for fellows who would like to participate in a 10-week summer research program. This program provides full room and board, plus a stipend. Those eligible to apply are undergraduates who are enthusiastic, hard working, detail oriented, and who want to engage in cutting-edge neuroscience research. Some accepted fellows work at the molecular or cellular level in laboratories, while others work with small animals, and still others collect data and do research at outdoor field sites. Projects may include day or evening work. For more information, please visit their website.

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

The MSTAR Program provides medical students, early in their training, with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences that they might not otherwise have during medical school. This positive introduction has led many physicians-in-training to pursue academic careers in aging, ranging from basic science to clinical research to health services research. They have joined the growing cadre of physicians and scientists whose specialized knowledge and skills are in great demand as our population ages. For more information about this program and to apply, please visit their website.

American Physician Scientists Association

As the need for physician scientists continues to rise, along with the costs associated with the training of such individuals, APSA posts a list of links to funding agencies and opportunities that are specific to physician scientists in training. M.D./Ph.D. students are generally able to seek funding through the traditional graduate school funding sources such as pre-doctoral fellowships, research assistantships and teaching assistantships. For more information about this program and to apply, please visit their website.