SCGB Conference Awards

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  • Application Deadline:
  • Award Notification:
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Opportunity

The Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) is accepting applications for funding of courses or conferences relevant to the SCGB mission. Courses and conferences that focus on the fields of systems and computational neuroscience are encouraged to apply. You can find more information on the SCGB program here.

Eligibility

Applications may be submitted by course or conference organizers at domestic and foreign 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.

Timeline and Funding

Funding will be provided in the form of a gift for two years. Funding levels will be determined by budget request and justification. Your institution will be contacted by the Simons Foundation for a summary of the events.

Instructions for Submission

A presubmission inquiry must be made using this form before an application will be opened. Please note that the “Apply Now” button on this page will direct you to the full application, not the presubmission inquiry. A presubmission inquiry must be completed and approved in order to gain access to the full application. This inquiry will require a paragraph of information on the course or conference, along with any relevant links, your overall anticipated budget, the amount you wish to request from the Simons Foundation, and the conference or course director to be designated as the applicant. The deadline for inquiries is January 19, 2023, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

For those invited to complete a full application, all applications must be submitted via the Simons Award Manager (SAM). The deadline for full application submission is February 2, 2023, 12:00 p.m. EST. Full applications will include:

  • Proposal Narrative (1-2 pages). Please upload a PDF outlining the objective and structure of the course, conference or workshop. The narrative should include (but is not limited to) the following: the objective and structure of the course or conference, description of how the course or conference aligns with the SCGB’s scientific mission, course/conference sponsor(s), course/conference title, start and end dates, location, website and any available attendee demographics (i.e., countries of origin, educational background, race, gender, etc.).
  • Budget. Applicants will be asked to provide 1) an overall budget for the course, including other sources of funding; and 2) a specific budget for the funds requested from the SCGB.
  • 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.

Please refer to the How to Apply tab for instructions.

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Important Dates
  • Presubmission Inquiry Open:
  • Application Open:
  • Presubmission Inquiry Deadline:
  • Application Deadline:
  • Award Notification:
  • Award Start Date:
Contact Info

A presubmission inquiry must be made using this form before an application will be opened. Please note that the “Apply Now” button on this page will direct you to the full application, not the presubmission inquiry. A presubmission inquiry must be completed and approved in order to gain access to the full application. This inquiry will require a paragraph of information on the course or conference, along with any relevant links, your overall anticipated budget, the amount you wish to request from the Simons Foundation, and the conference or course director to be designated as the applicant. The deadline for presubmission inquiries is January 19, 2023, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

If the presubmission is approved, the conference or course director will be invited to submit a full application. Full applications will open January 9, 2023 and the deadline for full application submission is February 2, 2023, 12:00 p.m. EST.

The conference or course director will receive an email from neurogrants@simonsfoundation.org informing them that they have been invited to submit a full application. Applications must be submitted via the Simons Award Manager (SAM). All invited applicants will be able to find the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) Conference Award Call by clicking on the Funding Opportunities icon and using the Create Application button to begin.

Informational videos on submitting applications in SAM can be found here.

Full Application Submission Instructions:

  • Proposal Tab:
    • Applicant Details & Personal Data: Complete all required fields, including position/title, academic rank, and ORCID iD. The applicant may use the Edit Profile button to update their information as needed.
    • Degrees: Click the Add/Modify Degree(s) button to provide this information.
    • Application Details: Complete all required fields, including title, start date, end date, etc. Please be sure to indicate if this application is a renewal request.
    • Proposal:
      • Proposal Narrative: Upload via the template provided in SAM. Please provide a 1–2-page narrative outlining the objective and structure of the course or conference and how it aligns with the scientific mission of the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain. Demographic information of organizers, attendees, students, TAs and/or faculty is welcome, if available.
      • Overall Operating Budget: Upload via the template provided in SAM. Please provide an overall operating budget for the course or conference. Please outline any funds already secured for the course or conference, and any funding you have applied for but have not yet secured. Finally, please outline a specific budget for the funds requested and detail how receiving these funds will help you achieve the goals of the course or conference. There is no specific format or page limit required.
      • Code of Conduct: Upload via the template provided in SAM. We expect the applicant’s course or conference to have 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. You will be asked to acknowledge that you have fully read the Simons Foundation Grant Code of Conduct.
  • Contacts & Personnel Tab:
    • Institution Administrative Contacts: 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 your application.
    • Project Personnel: Please indicate all key personnel on the proposed project. Project personnel who will be named in the budget must be added to the Project Personnel section on this tab before they will display as available options in the budget module. This does not apply to ‘to be determined’ (TBD) personnel.
  • Budget Tab: Click the Edit/Modify button to add a detailed budget for up to two (2) years of SCGB funding. Only a budget for the funds being requested from the SCGB should be completed in this section. Funding from other sources should be included in the Overall Operating Budget document uploaded in the Proposal Tab.
  • Abstract & Keywords Tab: Please provide an abstract for the course or conference, website link and any social media handles to be tagged in a public announcement if the proposal is accepted for funding.
  • 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, 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, 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.
Important Dates
  • Presubmission Inquiry Open:
  • Application Open:
  • Presubmission Inquiry Deadline:
  • Application Deadline:
  • Award Notification:
  • Award Start Date:
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  1. Can foreign institutions apply?plus--large

    Yes. There are no citizenship or country requirements.

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

    No. The Simons Foundation only accepts presubmission inquiries online using this form and full applications online through SAM.

  3. Do I need institutional sign-off to submit a proposal?plus--large

    The presubmission inquiry does not require institutional sign-off to submit. The full application in SAM requires the Signing Official to sign and submit the application.

  4. How do I submit the full application?plus--large

    When the full proposal 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.

  5. I get an error message citing a missing section when I try to submit the full application.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 samsupport@simonsfoundation.org.

  6. Is there a confirmation email when I submit the full application?plus--large

    A confirmation email is sent upon submission. Make sure that spam filters allow emails from no-reply@simonsfoundation.org. Additionally, the proposal will be in the Submitted tab of the Applications in Progress table after submission.

  7. 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.

  8. Can I make changes to the full application once it has been submitted?plus--large

    You must contact the Simons Foundation prior to the February 2, 2023 deadline to un-submit your application. Please email neurogrants@simonsfoundation.org if you would like to un-submit your proposal for any modifications.

  9. 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.

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