SCPAB Research Awards

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Important Dates
  • LOI Application Available
  • LOI Deadline
  • Invitation to submit Full Proposal
  • Full Proposal Deadline
  • Award Letter Sent
  • Award Start Date
Contact Info

The Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain invites investigators to submit applications for targeted collaborative awards. The deadline for receipt of Letters of Intent (LOI) is January 31, 2022, 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

Scope

The focus of this call for applications is potentially conserved mechanisms of resilience and reserve in cognitive aging, in the absence of disease. As the age of the population increases, the need to understand the phenomenon and mechanisms of cognitive decline also increases. SCPAB projects specifically address changes in normal aging, to distinguish from well-funded efforts to study Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, and to distinguish from work focusing on developmental trajectories. For more information on the SCPAB program, please visit: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/collaborations/plasticity-and-the-aging-brain/

Grants awarded through this Research Award will advance our understanding of cognition in the aging brain. The scope of this RFA is very specific and applications that do not fall within this scope will not be considered for funding. The RFA seeks to fund studies on mechanisms of resilience and reserve in normal cognitive aging in the absence of disease. We seek to fund research on human and model organisms, and areas of particular interest in resilience and reserve in cognitive aging include the vasculature, neuronal plasticity, neural-immune interactions, and sleep.

Supported work will contribute to large databases of information that can be shared and widely used, as well as identify possible mechanisms of intervention. We encourage applicants to develop collaborative proposals.

Eligibility

Applicants must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school or other research facility. Applications may be submitted from 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. Applications involving multiple or all new investigators not already funded by SCPAB are strongly encouraged. We encourage proposals for collaborative projects involving 2-3 labs. An investigator can be part of more than one collaborative project. Proposals from applicants underrepresented in the field are encouraged.

About the Awards

Research awards will provide funding for up to three (3) years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. We encourage proposals for collaborative projects involving 2-3 labs.

Grants will be for no more than $250,000 USD per year per PI, including indirect costs (limited to 20% of modified total direct costs), for a period of up to three years, subject to annual reviews and continuation of research in areas relevant to the purpose of this program.
Appropriate expenses include salary support for the investigator and postdoctoral and graduate research assistants, travel, equipment, supplies and other research expenses. Allowable indirect costs to the primary institution for subcontracts are not included in the $250,000 budget threshold (see grant policies).

Awards will begin September 1, 2022. Awards will be governed by the Simons Foundation policies, which can be found at http://www.simonsfoundation.org/funding/policies-and-forms/.

Reporting Requirements

Every year, each PI will be required to report on their progress across all collaborative projects for which they are funded, conducted via virtual site visit. Each PI must submit validation of animal protocols, information on scientific personnel on the award, a list of publications, other support, and estimated carry forward amount in proposalCentral. Any additional or exceptions to specific deliverable requirements will be outlined in the award notification.

Submission of LOIs

The LOI should be developed by the collaborative group and submitted by the Spokesperson PI of the collaborative group. Applicants must submit their LOI by January 31, 2022 5:00 PM Eastern Time. It must be completed electronically and submitted using forms provided at https://proposalcentral.com/. Please log in as an applicant, go to the grant opportunities tab, scroll to Simons Foundation and click apply now for the “Life Sciences-Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain” program. For assistance, please call 800-875-2562 or email pcsupport@altum.com.

The following templates must be downloaded and submitted to proposalCENTRAL:

  • Research narrative, which must include:
    • Define the scientific goals of the research; 3 pages including figures, references can be on additional pages.
    • Statements of the roles and responsibilities of each PI (0.5 pages per PI). This must include a designation of a spokesperson PI. LOI proposals must have a spokesperson PI who is responsible for submitting the LOI on behalf of all team members.
    • A brief project leadership plan, including data-sharing plans among investigators, publication and intellectual property policies, and procedures for resolving conflict.
  • NIH Biosketches of all PIs and collaborators.
  • Proposed budget (both annual and 3-year total amounts) and brief budget justification (2-3 sentences per PI) for each PI and institution.

Review Process

The SCPAB review committee will review all LOIs and make recommendations to the Simons Foundation for funding. Successful LOIs will be notified of their invitation to submit full proposals on or around March 28, 2022, with a due date of May 9, 2022. This will include a collaborative research narrative, data sharing plan, other support and detailed individual budgets. Each investigator will be asked to submit their own full proposal with institution sign off to allow awards to be given directly to individual PIs for their contributions to the collaborative project(s). Awards will be given directly to each individual PI’s institution for his or her part of the collaborative project outlined in the LOI. Award letters will be sent in June, 2022.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences. The Simons Foundation is 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.

The Simons Foundation provides 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. The foundation also funds 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
  • LOI Application Available
  • LOI Deadline
  • Invitation to submit Full Proposal
  • Full Proposal Deadline
  • Award Letter Sent
  • Award Start Date
Contact Info

In the first phase, the spokesperson PI submits a LOI on behalf of all team members via proposalCENTRAL at https://proposalcentral.com/. The submission deadline for LOIs is January 31, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

proposalCENTRAL Log-In Information
All proposals must be completed electronically and submitted using forms provided at proposalCENTRAL. To submit your proposal, please log in as an applicant, go to the Grant Opportunities tab, scroll to Simons Foundation and click Apply Now for the “Life Sciences-Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain” program. For assistance, please call 800-875-2562 or email pcsupport@altum.com.

To submit a LOI, the following proposalCENTRAL modules must be completed:

1. Title Page

  • Answer all questions in this section.

2. Download Templates & Instructions

  • All templates necessary to complete your LOI are available for download in this module.

3. Enable Other Users to Access This Proposal

  • This module allows you to give other users access to your grant application. When you give a person access to your grant application, you can give them one of three levels of permissions: View, Edit or Administrator.

4. Applicant/PI

  • The spokesperson PI should be listed here. The spokesperson PI, under whose name the LOI is submitted, is responsible for submitting all components of the LOI on behalf of all team members. The spokesperson PI must be affiliated with the institution submitting the application.
  • All PIs and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school or other research facility. Applications may be submitted from 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.
  • If the grant has multiple PIs, please only list the spokesperson PI in this section.

5. Organization/Institution

  • Institution information is preloaded from the institutional profile but may be changed on this screen if necessary.

6. Key Personnel

  • Indicate all funded PIs and unfunded collaborators. Please do not list the applicant/spokesperson PI in this section.

7. Abstracts

  • Enter your technical abstract as text (250 words) in this section.

8. Attach Letter of Intent Here

  • Upload your Research Narrative, which must include:
    • Define the scientific goals of the research; 3 pages including figures, references can be on additional pages.
    • Statements of the roles and responsibilities of each PI (0.5 pages per PI). This must include a designation of a spokesperson PI. LOI proposals must have a spokesperson PI who is responsible for submitting the LOI on behalf of all team members.
    • A brief project leadership plan, including data-sharing plans among investigators, publication and intellectual property policies, and procedures for resolving conflict.
  • NIH Biosketches of all PIs and collaborators.
  • Proposed budget (both annual and 3-year total amounts) and brief budget justification (2-3 sentences per PI) for each PI and institution.

9. Validate

  • You must click the validate button on the bottom of the page to check for any missing information or files that are required to submit the application. All missing information that is required will be listed on the screen. Please correct any missing information before proceeding to the next step.

10. Submit

  • You will be unable to submit if you have not provided all the required information. Any missing information will be listed on the screen. If your submission is successful, you will receive a confirmation message on the screen and a confirmation email will be sent to the applicant.

Contacts

Administrative Inquiries:   neurogrants@simonsfoundation.org
Scientific Inquiries:   kscobie@simonsfoundation.org
proposalCENTRAL:   pcsupport@altum.com  | 800-875-2562
Important Dates
  • LOI Application Available
  • LOI Deadline
  • Invitation to submit Full Proposal
  • Full Proposal Deadline
  • Award Letter Sent
  • Award Start Date
Contact Info
  1. My application has multiple principal investigators (PIs). Who submits the LOI?plus--large

    The spokesperson Principal Investigator (PI). LOIs must have a spokesperson PI who is responsible for submitting the LOI on behalf of all team members.

  2. Where do I submit the LOI?plus--large

    New users first need to create a user account on proposalCENTRAL (pC) at https://proposalcentral.com/. (For instructions on how to create an account, see the FAQ How do I create a proposalCENTRAL user account? below.) For all users with a pC account, log in under application login at https://proposalcentral.com/ and select create new proposal or click on the grant opportunities tab. Scroll down to simons foundation and then click apply now for the “Life Sciences-Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain” program in order to start the LOI (“LOI Section”) and access the templates. After all sections are completed, you will be able to click on the submit button to send your completed proposal to the Simons Foundation.

    You will gain access to the full proposal (“Proposal Section”) on proposalCENTRAL if your LOI is accepted. (For more information, see full Proposal FAQ below.)

  3. How do I create a proposalCENTRAL user account?plus--large

    Go to https://proposalcentral.com/ (pC) and click create one now under application login. Fill in the required fields, check the boxes to agree to pC’s “Terms of Service” and “Acceptable Use Policy” and then click save.

  4. Can I email or mail a LOI?plus--large

    No, the Simons Foundation only accepts LOIs submitted online through https://proposalcentral.com/.

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

    No, however, investigators on approved LOIs will need an institutional sign-off for their full proposals. Each approved investigator will be asked to submit their own full proposal, with exactly the same scientific narrative to allow awards to be given directly to individual PIs for their contributions to the collaborative project(s).

  6. Can someone else (assistant, staff member, etc.) submit my application for me?plus--large

    Yes, you can add users with administrator access to the pC application so that someone other than the Spokesperson PI can edit and submit the application. To add another user, go to section 3, “Enable Other Users to Access This Proposal,” and complete the required fields.

  7. Can foreign institutions apply for this grant?plus--large

    Yes, applications may be submitted from scientists in 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. Please see “Policies and Procedures” https://www.simonsfoundation.org/funding-opportunities/policies-and-procedures/ for information on international award policies.

  8. Can I change the named Spokesperson PI after a name has been entered in the application?plus--large

    Yes, linked instructions for how to change the named spokesperson PI can be found in the application.

    The person who starts the application will be named as the Spokesperson PI on the Applicant/PI page. If the Applicant/PI page does not show the correct name (e.g., someone else started the online application and you are the Spokesperson PI, or you started the application and someone else is the Spokesperson PI), then you must update this section before submitting.

  9. Where do I list additional PIs and collaborators?plus--large

    Enter all principal investigators and key collaborators in the Key Personnel section of the LOI.

  10. Do I need to submit bio sketches with the LOI?plus--large

    Yes. A bio sketch is required for all principal investigators and key collaborators.

  11. What are the font style and size requirements?plus--large

    Type should be set in 11-point, legible font. All margins should be set at 0.5 inches.

  12. Do I submit a budget with the LOI?plus--large

    No. A detailed budget justification will be solicited with the full proposals.

  13. Where is the submit button?plus--large

    The submit button is located in the last section of the LOI. You will be unable to submit if you have not provided all the required information. If the submission deadline has not passed, use the validate button to check for missing requirements.

    If the deadline has passed, the submission period has closed and you will not be able to submit.

    Please contact pcsupport@altum.com with any issues.

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

    The validate button reviews your LOI for missing sections. The submission instructions list the required sections and attachments. You must complete the missing sections listed. If you are still receiving error messages after completing and saving the indicated sections, please contact pcsupport@altum.com.

  15. 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 LOIs with ample time for corrections prior to the deadline hour. Site traffic can slow page-load times. The submit button will not work after the deadline time has passed.

  16. Is there a confirmation email when I submit?plus--large

    A confirmation email is sent upon submission of the LOI. Please contact pcsupport@altum.com if you submitted your LOI and have not received a confirmation email within ten minutes. Make sure that spam filters allow emails from pcsupport@altum.com. The LOI will be in the submitted tab when you next log in.

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

    Before you can make changes to your submitted LOI, you must first contact the Simons Foundation. Please email neurogrants@simonsfoundation.org. LOIs can only be changed prior to the January 30, 2022 deadline.

  18. Does the Simons Foundation grant extensions for LOIs?plus--large

    No extensions will be given. If you have any difficulties, please email neurogrants@simonsfoundation.org. Please do not contact pcsupport@altum.com directly.

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

    Unlike the first-stage proposal, the spokesperson PI does not submit the full proposal on behalf of the other principal investigators. Each PI’s institution will be required to submit the full proposal only on behalf of the individual PI and their institution.

    With an approved LOI, each PI will gain access to their own full proposal on proposalCENTRAL. Log in under application login at https://proposalcentral.com/, select the manage proposals tab and then click in progress. Click the edit button for the corresponding full proposal you want to complete. Once all sections are complete and the attachments are uploaded, the submit button will be activated and you can click submit to send your full proposal to the Simons Foundation.

  20. What are the font style and size requirements for a full proposal?plus--large

    Type should be set in 11-point, legible font. All margins should be set at 0.5 inches.

  21. Does the Principal Investigator need to sign the signature page for a full proposal?plus--large

    No, only the signing official is required to sign the signature page.

  22. Is there a confirmation email when I submit for a full proposal?plus--large

    A confirmation email is sent upon submission of the full proposal. Please contact pcsupport@altum.com if you submitted your full proposal and have not received a confirmation email within ten minutes. Make sure that spam filters allow emails from pcsupport@altum.com. The full proposal will be in the submitted tab when you next log in.

  23. I get an error message citing a missing section when I try to submit for a full proposal.plus--large

    The validate button reviews your full proposal for missing sections. The submission instructions list the required sections and attachments. You must complete the missing sections listed. If you are still receiving error messages after completing and saving the indicated sections, please contact pcsupport@altum.com.

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

    Before you can make changes to your submitted full proposal, you must first contact the Simons Foundation. Please email neurogrants@simonsfoundation.org. Applications can only be changed prior to the May 9, 2022 5:00 PM Eastern Time deadline.

  25. Is validating my full proposal the same as submitting it?plus--large

    No. Validating the full proposal checks for errors and omissions and will alert you to missing requirements from your full proposal. If the full proposal is complete, you must then click submit. You will receive an email within ten minutes. Contact pcsupport@altum.com if you do not receive confirmation and do not see your full proposal in the submitted tab or with the status changed to submitted.

  26. The deadline for final decision notification has passed. What is the status of my full 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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