Limited Submission Opportunity: 2019 David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program

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Vanderbilt anticipates the opportunity to nominate one candidate for the 2019 David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program. Funds support pilot testing by investigators, who are early in their research careers, to enable them to pursue promising, high-risk, and innovative ideas that have a direct clinical application. This award provides $200,000 over three years for projects aimed at improving human brain and brain-immune functioning to promote health and prevent and treat disease.

To be considered for funding, submitted proposals should focus on imaging in patients or patient tissues and healthy volunteers. Applications for animal model studies of brain conditions or injuries will be considered only if they relate directly to humans but cannot yet feasibly be undertaken in humans, and are anticipated to be translated into human research following the three-year grant period.

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Eligible investigators should be at the assistant professor level or in the first few years of their associate professor appointment and not have received more than one independent research grant (R01 from the NIH or equivalent from another federal agency).

Internal application process

Anyone interested in being considered as one of Vanderbilt’s nominees must submit the following (in PDF format) to by 5 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2018:

  1. Brief (two-page maximum) research plan with the following five sections:

I. Hypothesis

II. Aims: What disease(s), disorder(s) or injuries would be better understood, diagnosed or treated? Or what normal brain function or brain-immune interaction would be better understood? Or what imaging technology would be refined and for what specific purposes? Such technology development or modification aims need to be accompanied by initial evidence of the project’s feasibility

III. Research significance and potential clinical application(s) of the research.

IV. Methods: the research design, tests and analyses proposed to develop the pilot data.

V: The qualifications of the primary investigator(s) for undertaking the proposed research. What facilities and resources at the applicant institution(s) would be used in the research?

  1. Statement of support from department chair/center director
  2. CV or NIH Biosketch (five-page max)

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email.

Please contact us at if you have any questions about the program, foundation, or internal review process.

Author: Admin