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. Applicants must have started their first independent research laboratory within the last 5 years. Applicants are invited to specify how this award will help them overcome barriers and progress their work. 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.
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.
The applicant should provide the following:
- Description of current research project(s)
- Proposal indicating how the funds will be spent and their significance to the project(s)
- 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 (e.g. from the departmental chair)
- Publications list
Funds cannot be spent on salaries, travel or conference related expenses. Preference will be given to early career investigators 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. A grant report must be submitted to the IBRO Secretariat within 12 months after receiving the funds.