Kavli IFN Collaboration Award

Project Award Amount: $150,000 ($75,000 / year for two years)

This grant will not be reviewed by RAP review committees; It will be independently reviewed by the sponsoring agency.


This funding is intended to support new collaborations between members of the Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience. Preference will be given to projects focused on the development and/or application of new approaches and/or new technology for understanding the brain at any level of analysis (proteins to behavior). Preference will also be given to groups of investigators that do not already have joint funding and where there is no overlap between individual PI funding and the proposed project. Each project will have a yearly maximum budget of $75,000, and up to two awards will be given out each year. Recipients of the Collaboration award will be required to present their results at a Kavli Faculty lunch after the funding has ended. Any resulting publications should directly acknowledge the Kavli IFN funding.


Eligibility requirement need to be met as of date of submission, no waivers will be accepted.

Who's Eligible:

UCSF, LBNL and LLNL Faculty in any series (Ladder Rank, In Residence, Clinical X, Health Science Clinical, Adjunct) in all ranks (Instructors, Assistant, Associate, Full Professors) and Appointees to the Professional Research Series who are members of the Kavli IFN may apply.  At least one PI must be from UCSF.

Who's Not Eligible:

Residents, Fellows and Postdocs, Specialists.

Submission Rules

Criteria for Review/Evaluation of Applications

We encourage the submission of innovative projects that bring together the expertise of two or more laboratories to develop or apply a new approach to understanding some aspect of brain function. Projects that involve human or animal subjects will require approval of the relevant committee before funding is released.

Selection of Awardees

Funding decisions will be made by a committee appointed by the directors of the Kavli IFN


STEP 1) Complete the electronic application form
STEP 2) Upload your proposal as a SINGLE PDF that includes all the things listed in numeric order in the instructions below.


Please write your proposal following the instructions listed below and create one single PDF file. Do not include form fields in your PDF document.

Proposal Length: 5 pages, including figures and tables, excluding table of contents and literature cited.
Format Requirements: Arial font; 11 pt; minimum 0.5 inch for all margins; no appendices; include page numbers and table of contents.

1. P.I. Names - If funded, the first listed PI will be the primary contact for the award set up and management. Both PIs need to meet the eligibility criteria listed for this grant mechanism. Only ONE application as PI is permitted per cycle.

2. Project Title

3. Proposal (maximum 5 pages, including figures and tables, excluding literature cited)

  • Aim(s):
  • Background and Significance
  • Preliminary data (optional)
  • Approach
  • Literature cited (not included in page limit)

4. Detailed Budget $75,000 maximum per year, and please round up to the nearest thousand (i.e. instead of $49,869 list $50,000). Note that PI Salaries are not allowable.
Use the following form: PHS 398 Form Page 4, "Detailed Budget for the Initial Period": http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html
Add the network recharge rates to your budget.



Not Allowable

PI Salary *



Co-Investigator(s) Salary



Post Doc Salary



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Research Staff Support (e.g. SRA; Lab. Technician)



Patient Care



International Subcontracts



Indirect costs on subcontracts



5. Budget Justification: Clearly and fully justify all costs.

6. NIH Bio-sketch of Principal Investigators) (5 page maximum):
Use this version: Biosketch Version E. In section "D. Additional Information", list the relevant recent past, planned, active, and pending proposals, including percent effort and total direct costs (annual), where possible. Include a brief discussion of any potential overlap with the current proposal.