Accelerator Grants

Iowa Neuroscience Institute (INI) Accelerator Grant

Next application period TBD

An important goal of the INI is to support new and existing high impact neuroscience research at the University of Iowa.  Toward this, we are opening applications for INI Accelerator Grants, which will focus specifically on pilot projects that will lead to the submission of grant application in response to request for applications (RFA) from the BRAIN Initiative.


  • May involve any basic, translational, or clinical neuroscience research responsive to a BRAIN Initiative RFA
  • Applications can be from any college.
  • The PI must either be a member of the INI or be someone qualified to join the INI as a member.


  • A cover page that includes: Project title; PI’s contact information and public lay abstract highlighting the goal and importance of the project.
  • A one-page description of the project including: significance, scientific goals.
  • A half-page description of how this proposed work will lead to an application to a specific RFA from the BRAIN Initiative.
  • A half-page description of the budget with justification.  Direct costs for research (e.g., research personnel, core usage, animal care, etc.) are allowed.  Travel, tuition and faculty salary are not allowable expenses. 
  • PI’s NIH biosketch including current funding.
  • Additional materials may be required after submission for review.


INI Accelerator Grants will be evaluated on

  • Scientific impact and approach
  • Potential for future funding through the BRAIN Initiative


  • Projects should lead to a BRAIN Initiative application
  • Awards will be up to $50,000 for a maximum of one year.
  • Awardees must report final progress to the Iowa Neuroscience Institute and acknowledge the INI in all publications resulting from funded Accelerator Grants.


  • Applications due by TBD


Send applications electronically as a single PDF document to:

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