Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain 2017 Research Awards

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The Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) invites current SCGB investigators to submit applications for targeted collaborative awards. We will consider proposals for awards up to five (5) years in duration.

A primary goal of the SCGB is to expand our understanding of the nature, role and mechanisms of the neural activity that produces cognition. For more information about the SCGB, click here:

How to Apply: Applicants may submit a first-stage collaboration proposal through proposalCENTRAL ( Applications may be submitted through 5:00 PM Eastern Time January 30, 2017.

Please coordinate submission of the first-stage collaborative proposal with the appropriate officials in accordance with institution policies. Please also refer to proposal documents located in proposalCENTRAL for further information and requirements.

For applications with principal investigators (PIs) at different institutions, the first-stage collaborative proposal need only be submitted by the PI designated as the spokesperson PI.

First-Stage Collaboration Proposals must include (all templates and forms provided in proposalCENTRAL)

  • Research narrative that defines the scientific goals of the research, 2–4 pages including figures and references
  • Statements of the roles and responsibilities of each PI (0.5 pages per PI)
  • Designation of spokesperson PI
  • A brief project leadership plan, including data-sharing plans among investigators, publication and intellectual property policies, and procedures for resolving conflict
  • Bio sketches of all PIs and collaborators
  • Technical abstract (250 words)
  • Proposed budget summary (both annual and 5-year total amounts) for each PI and institution
  • Brief budget justification (2–3 sentences per PI)

Applicants will be notified about the status of their first-stage collaborative proposal by March 15, 2017. Investigators on approved collaboration proposals will be invited to submit more information on their individual contributions to the approved collaborative project(s) and a more detailed summary budget. Awards will be given directly to individual PIs for their contributions to the collaborative project(s). For further information, please review all documents located in proposalCENTRAL.

Deadline and Notification Schedule

First-Stage Proposal

First-Stage Proposal Deadline

Finalists Notified if invited to submit a Second-Stage Proposal

Second-Stage Proposal Deadline

Intent to Fund Sent

Intent to Fund Sent Accept or Decline Deadline

Award Letter Sent

Award Start Date

November 30, 2016

January 30, 2017

March 15, 2017

April 17, 2017

May 15, 2017

May 30, 2017


July 1, 2017