Simons Foundation Neuroscience Collaborations Courses and Conferences Awards

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  • Application Open:
  • LOI Deadline:
  • LOI Notification:
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  • Award Notification:
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Important Dates
  • Application Open:
  • LOI Deadline:
  • LOI Notification:
  • Full Proposal Deadlines (Finalists only):
  • Award Notification:
  • Award Start Date:
Contact Info
  • Administrative Inquiries:
    [email protected]
  • Scientific Inquiries:
    [email protected]
  • Technical Assistance:
    [email protected]
  • Office Hours: Monday– Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    Office Closures: The Simons Foundation offices will be closed on May 24 and 27, 2024.

Opportunity

The Neuroscience Collaborations at the Simons Foundation are accepting applications for funding of courses or conferences in fundamental neuroscience. Courses and conferences that align with the scientific missions of our programs, the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB), with a focus on the fields of systems and computational neuroscience, and/or the Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain (SCPAB), with a focus on healthy cognitive aging, will be prioritized. We especially encourage applications for courses and conferences held and/or organized by people in regions of the world where opportunities for neuroscience courses or conferences have historically been less numerous.

Eligibility

Applications may be submitted by course or conference organizers within and outside of the United States nonprofit organizations; public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories and units of state and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government. There are no citizenship or country requirements.

To be eligible for funding through the 2024 RFA for the Courses and Conferences Award, the first instance of the course or conference must occur between September 1, 2024 to August 31, 2025.

Funding and Timeline

Funding will be provided in the form of a gift for up to three years. Funding requests may not overlap across years for the same course or conference either through this RFA or a previous RFA for courses and conferences through the SCGB. For each year of support, funding will be provided in levels as outlined below and will be determined by request and justification. Please note that we do not typically fund any course or conference in its entirety and all applicants are strongly encouraged to seek multiple sources of funding support. The Simons Foundation Neuroscience Collaborations intends to run a yearly Courses and Conferences Award RFA moving forward.

Funding levels per year, quoted in U.S. Dollars (USD), are:

  • $5,000
  • $10,000
  • $25,000
  • $50,000*

*For requests of $50,000, applicants must contact [email protected] by May 9, 2024 before submitting their application to obtain prior written approval from the Simons Foundation Neuroscience Collaborations.

Your institution will be contacted by Simons Foundation staff for a summary of the events after their completion.

Please note that in the event of budgetary or other considerations, The Simons Foundation, Inc. reserves the right to refer an application to The Simons Foundation International, Ltd. (SFI) for consideration and funding, in which case SFI’s grant policies would apply.

Instructions for Submission

Prospective applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) by May 23, 2024, 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time. LOIs must be completed electronically and submitted through the Simons Award Manager (SAM). Please refer to the How to Apply instructions and FAQ for further details.

The following information constitutes the LOI and must be submitted:

  • Proposal Narrative (1-2 pages). Please upload a PDF outlining the objective and structure of the course or conference. The narrative should include (but is not limited to) the following: the objective and structure of the course or conference, its planned frequency, a description of how the course or conference aligns with the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) and/or Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain (SCPAB) scientific mission, course/conference director(s) or organizing committee, course/conference title, start and end dates for each instance of the course or conference for which funds are requested, location and website. If applicable, please provide information on why the location of this course or conference will provide access to populations and/or geographies where courses and conferences in neuroscience have been less numerous. Any available information on demographics or details (i.e., countries of origin, educational background, race, ethnicity, gender, career stage, etc.) of organizers, attendees, students, teaching assistants and/or faculty are encouraged.
  • Budget. Applicants will be asked to provide 1) a budget for the funds requested from the Simons Foundation Neuroscience Collaborations; and 2) an overall budget for the course, including other sources of funding, both pending and confirmed. Please clearly specify the requested funding level for which you are providing the budget. A separate budget should be provided for each year of funding requested, up to three (3) years, as per the instructions in the Timeline and Funding section. Applicants may request different funding levels for each year of requested funding, provided budget justifications are appropriately tailored.
  • Code of Conduct. Applicants will be asked to confirm that the course or conference has a code of conduct that will provide an environment for the exchange of scientific ideas and knowledge that conforms to the highest ethical, professional and legal standards.
  • Description. Applicants will be asked to provide a description/abstract of the course or conference for the Simons Foundation website.

Finalists selected for an award will be announced by July 11, 2024. All finalist LOIs will be converted to full applications in SAM by Simons Foundation staff. Full applications will require submission of a budget and signature indicating institutional approval by July 25, 2024. Once we have received and approved the full application in SAM, we will issue a formal award letter.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to grantmaking that inspires and supports greater diversity and inclusiveness by cultivating a funding environment that ensures representation of all identities and differences and equitable access to information and resources for all applicants and grantees.

We provide equal opportunities to all applicants for funding without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law. We also fund programs directed at supporting scientists from disadvantaged backgrounds or underrepresented groups, often working closely with professional societies and other funding agencies.

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Important Dates
  • Application Open:
  • LOI Deadline:
  • LOI Notification:
  • Full Proposal Deadlines (Finalists only):
  • Award Notification:
  • Award Start Date:
Contact Info
  • Administrative Inquiries:
    [email protected]
  • Scientific Inquiries:
    [email protected]
  • Technical Assistance:
    [email protected]
  • Office Hours: Monday– Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    Office Closures: The Simons Foundation offices will be closed on May 24 and 27, 2024.

Prospective applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) by May 23, 2024, 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time.

LOIs must be completed electronically and submitted through the Simons Award Manager (SAM). Please click on the Funding Opportunities icon and navigate to the Simons Foundation Neuroscience Collaborations Courses and Conferences Call. Click the Create Application button to begin. Informational videos and answers to frequently asked questions on submitting applications in SAM can be found here.

Please note that in the event of budgetary or other considerations The Simons Foundation, Inc. reserves the right to refer an application to The Simons Foundation International, Ltd. (SFI) for consideration and funding, in which case SFI’s grant policies would apply.

Letter of Intent Submission Instructions:

To submit a LOI, you must complete the following sections in SAM:

  • Proposal Tab: Please enter and/or upload all required application materials in SAM. This includes (but is not limited to) a proposal narrative, a budget narrative and a code of conduct for the course or conference. Templates are available in SAM for all required fields. Detailed instructions for each requirement are provided within the templates. Please adhere to all page limits and guidelines provided in the templates.
  • Contacts & Personnel Tab: Institution contacts and/or project personnel are not required at the LOI stage. However, if you need to add an administrator or other contact to assist with completion of the LOI, you would add that person on this tab. Each person added with application access must have their own SAM user account.
  • Abstract & Keywords Tab: Please provide a description/abstract for the course or conference and any social media handles (optional) to be posted on the Simons Foundation website/social media, if awarded.
  • Check Application Progress: Click the Check Application Progress button to check for any missing required information or files. All missing required information will be listed at the top of the screen and must be corrected before the LOI can be submitted.

Submit Application: When the LOI application is complete, please click on the Submit Application button to submit to the foundation. A confirmation page will appear once the LOI is successfully submitted. A confirmation email is also sent upon submission. Please make sure that spam filters allow emails from [email protected]. Please contact [email protected] if you did not receive a confirmation email, and it is not in your spam folder. The submitted application will appear in the Submitted tab of the Applications in Progress table. Please note that you will not be able to submit an application if the deadline has passed.

Once your application has been submitted, the Simons Foundation will be in touch if we require any additional information or revisions for your submission. Please monitor your inbox and make sure that spam filters allow emails from [email protected]. Applicants are encouraged to monitor the status of the submission through SAM periodically.

LOI Approval: A submitted LOI will appear in the Submitted queue of the Applications in Progress table on your SAM home page. If an LOI is approved, the status changes to In Progress. Click on the record to gain access to the full proposal application.

Full Application Submission Instructions:

The deadline for full proposal submission is July 25, 2024, 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time. Please plan carefully with your institution to meet this deadline. Applicants invited to submit a full application will receive a notification from [email protected] with a detailed list of requirements and information about the amount to request in the budget. Please refer to the details in that notification while completing the full application.

  • Proposal Tab: Please complete all required fields in this section. Applicants must refer to the details in the notification sent from [email protected] for a detailed list of requirements.
  • Contacts & Personnel Tab: Institution contacts are required at the full application stage. You must add at least one institution signing official and financial officer to the Institution Administrative Contacts section before you will be able to submit.
  • Abstract & Keywords Tab: You can update the description/abstract for the course or conference, if needed. Please note that this description will be used on the Simons Foundation website.
  • Budget Tab: Click the Edit/Modify button to add a budget. The amount requested should match the recommended level of funding provided in the notification sent to the applicant from [email protected].

Check Application Progress: Click the Check Application Progress button to check for any missing required information or files. All missing required information will be listed at the top of the screen and must be corrected before the application can be submitted.

Send for Sign-off: When the application is complete, please click on the Send for sign-off button to send to your signing official for signature. You will receive a notification when the application is signed.

Submit Application: When the full proposal application is complete and signed, please click on the Submit Application button. A confirmation page will appear once the application is successfully submitted. A confirmation email is also sent upon submission. Please make sure that spam filters allow emails from [email protected]. Please contact [email protected] if you did not receive a confirmation email, and it is not in your spam folder. It will appear in the Submitted tab of the Applications in Progress table. Please note that you will not be able to submit an application if the deadline has passed.

Important Dates
  • Application Open:
  • LOI Deadline:
  • LOI Notification:
  • Full Proposal Deadlines (Finalists only):
  • Award Notification:
  • Award Start Date:
Contact Info
  • Administrative Inquiries:
    [email protected]
  • Scientific Inquiries:
    [email protected]
  • Technical Assistance:
    [email protected]
  • Office Hours: Monday– Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    Office Closures: The Simons Foundation offices will be closed on May 24 and 27, 2024.

  1. Can foreign institutions apply?plus--large

    Yes. There are no citizenship or country requirements. This is an open request for applications (RFA) with a global scope, and we especially encourage applications for courses and conferences organized by and/or held in regions of the world where opportunities for neuroscience courses or conferences have historically been less numerous.

  2. I am an individual applicant seeking funding to cover registration and/or travel to a course or conference. Can I apply through this call?plus--large

    No. This call is for organizers of courses and conferences for funds to support running these events. These awards are given to institutions/organizations, not individuals.

  3. I see funding can be requested for up to three years. What if my course or conference is not annual and is, for e.g., every other year?plus--large

    Applicants may request funding for up to three consecutive years. If your course or conference is annual, you may apply for funding for three instances of the course (Years 1, 2 and 3). If your course or conference is every other year, you may apply for funding for two instances of the course (Years 1 and 3).

  4. Can I apply every year to the RFA?plus--large

    Yes, however funding requests may not overlap across years for the same course or conference either through this RFA or a previous RFA for courses and conferences through the SCGB.

  5. Can I email or mail a proposal?plus--large

    No. We only accept applications submitted online through SAM. Full instructions on how to submit an application are provided in the How to Apply instructions.

  6. Do I need institutional sign-off to submit an LOI? plus--large

    No. However, successful finalists will need an institutional sign-off for the full proposal.

  7. How do I submit the LOI?plus--large

    When the LOI application is complete, please click on the Submit Application button. A confirmation page will appear once the application is successfully submitted. It will appear in the Submitted tab of the Applications in Progress table. Please note that you will not be able to submit an application if the deadline has passed.

  8. I get an error message citing a missing section when I try to submit the LOI.plus--large

    The Check Application Progress button reviews your proposal for missing sections. The submission instructions list the required sections and attachments. You must complete the missing items listed in the error message. If you are still receiving error messages after completing and saving the indicated sections, please contact [email protected].

  9. Is there a confirmation email when I submit the LOI?plus--large

    A confirmation email is sent upon submission. Make sure that spam filters allow emails from [email protected]. Additionally, the proposal will be in the Submitted tab of the Applications in Progress table after submission. Please check your application status periodically after submission by logging into SAM and ensuring there are no incomplete materials or pending tasks to complete. Applications will not be reviewed if they are not listed as complete.

  10. Are deadline times adjusted for time zones?plus--large

    No. Please be advised that deadlines are in Eastern Time. We recommend registering early and submitting with ample time for corrections prior to the deadline hour. Site traffic can slow page-load times. You will not be able to submit after the deadline time has passed.

  11. Are extensions given?plus--large

    No extensions will be given. If you have any difficulties, please email [email protected].

  12. Can I make changes to the LOI once it has been submitted?plus--large

    You must contact Simons Foundation staff prior to the May 23, 2024 deadline to un-submit your LOI. Please email [email protected] if you would like to un-submit your proposal for any modifications.

  13. The deadline for notification has passed. What is the status of my proposal?plus--large

    You should receive notification within 24 hours of the deadline. Please check your spam filter settings if you have not received notification by then.

  14. How do I submit a full proposal?plus--large

    With an accepted LOI, you gain access to the full proposal application in the Simons Award Manager (SAM). Log in and go to the Draft tab of the Applications in Progress table. Click the application you want to complete. Once all sections are complete, click Submit Application to send your application.

  15. Note regarding potential referral of an application to The Simons Foundation International, Ltd. (SFI)plus--large

    Please note that in the event of budgetary or other considerations The Simons Foundation, Inc. reserves the right to refer an application to The Simons Foundation International, Ltd. (SFI) for consideration and funding, in which case SFI’s grant policies would apply.

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