The purpose of this grant is to support disadvantaged early career principal investigators by providing supplemental laboratory funding. Applicants must have started their first independent research laboratory within the last 5 years.

IBRO is deeply committed to enabling neuroscientists to develop their research without being disadvantaged due to gender, ethnicity, disability, class, and/or other factors. Equity and diversity are crucial to producing the best research in academia. The need to close gaps due to underrepresentation, gender roles and stereotypes that bias the full career development of women and underrepresented communities is fundamental to achieving a more just society. This award therefore aims to support disadvantaged young early career principal investigators by providing supplementary funding.

Priority will be given to early career neuroscientists belonging to underrepresented or historically excluded groups in the field. Examples of such groups include, but are not limited to, ethnic minorities, women, working class researchers, transgender researchers and researchers with disabilities.

Reviewers will base their decision on the potential for funds to open up new opportunities for the applicant’s research. Reviewers will also consider factors contributing to adversity experienced by the applicant and the applicant’s involvement in neuroscience research.

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must have started their first independent research laboratory within the last 5 years. Applicants must specify how this award will help them overcome barriers and progress their work
  • Description of current research project(s)
  • Proposal indicating how funds will be spent and their significance to the project(s).

Some examples of support include purchase of research equipment, laboratory reagents, software licences, publication fees, importation taxes or childcare. Applications need not, however, be restricted to this list and we welcome other cases for support.

  • A case for support (one page) indicating how the funds will help overcome barriers in the applicant’s career
  • Letter of support and statement of the independent status of the applicant from the home institution or departmental chair
  • Publications list
  • CV

You are not eligible to apply if:

    • You are currently residing in Africa, the US or Canada

    Award Specifications:

    • Funds cannot be spent on salaries, travel or conference related expenses
    • Preference will be given to those who have not previously received, nor expect to receive, substantial support from other sources
    • The institution must agree that no indirect costs/overheads will be charged
    • Proposed projects should be completed in a maximum of one year from the time of award
    • The required funding report should be submitted no later than 3 months following the end of the project
    •  Funds will transferred according to an 80:20 format, meaning 80% of the grant will be awarded two months prior to the start date of the project, and the remaining 20% upon completion and submission of the associated grant report

    Applications dates:
    03 April – 03 May, 2023

    Apply HERE

    Maximum grant amount:

    5,000 EUR

    For any queries, please contact programs@ibro.org