Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

Dana Foundation Brain and Immuno-Imaging Grants

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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Limited Submission Announcement

Dana Foundation Brain and Immuno-Imaging Grants support research on imaging innovations that help reveal how the human brain functions normally, how disorders and injuries alter these functions, and how various therapies affect these conditions. Since immune cells are often integrally involved in the development of, protection against, or responses to brain diseases and injuries, funded research also can focus on immune cell interactions with brain cells. Studies tend to focus on how imaging can enhance understanding of normal brain functioning, improve diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, expand understanding of disease or injury processes, and assess treatment effects. All proposals that seek to develop new imaging techniques or assays, or modify existing ones to address clinical questions, whether in conventional or cellular/ molecular imaging, must provide preliminary evidence of feasibility and evidence of the investigator's experience in using the technology. Proposals seeking support without such preliminary evidence will not be considered.

The Foundation invites submission of one preliminary application using either:

  • Conventional imaging - anatomical imaging of white or gray matter and measures of physiological functioning. These proposed studies should focus on patient-oriented clinical research.
  • Cellular/molecular imaging - biochemical actions of specific brain cells, or their interactions with immune cells with direct clinical relevance to human health and disease. These studies may involve human tissues or animal models. Applications can involve the study of cells within neural circuits, using a combination of imaging and single cell electrical recording, if the techniques have already been developed.

The program focuses on providing support to faculty researchers early in their career who are at the assistant professor level or early in their associate professor career. Proposals from senior investigators generally will be considered only if they represent a new direction of research. Promising career investigators who have not yet been awarded more than one independent research award (R01 from the NIH or equivalent from another Federal agency) are eligible to apply.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2011. Letters of intent should be limited to a two-page biographical sketch of the applicant and a two-page summary of the proposed project, including the track for which the project is geared, along with brief descriptions of 1) the hypothesis and aims of the proposed research project, 2) the significance and potential clinical application(s) of the research, and 3) the research methods.


Up to $200,000 for a three-year period.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, January 7, 2011

External Proposal Deadline:

Required preliminary applications are due by noon on February 22, 2011. Applicants will be informed within 8-10 weeks on whether they will be invited to prepare full proposals.

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