Research & Submission Opportunities

ABC feels it is important for scientists to know about the various funding and abstract submission opportunities available to them, particularly from alternate funding resources.

The 21st Century Cures Act included a section that will create a new funding opportunity for research that could create innovative and immediate advances in treatment for a disease or condition. Read about this EUREKA prize program 


Abstract Submission Opportunities

Bridge the Gap - SYNGAP Education and Research Foundation will be hosting the International SYNGAP1 Conference from November 17 - 19, 2020 at National Institute of Health in Rockville, MD.  Call for abstracts is now open, submission deadline is June 15, 2020.

Society for Neuroscience will be celebrating their 50th Annual Meeting from October 24-28, 2020.  Neuroscience 2020 will be held in Washington DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Abstract submissions will be accepted from July 6-16, 2020.  Further details here.

Research Funding Opportunities

The Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) sciences are pleased to announce this new Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). They invite submission of proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge. Please refer to the FAQs for Proposers and Awardees to address questions associated with proposal submission.

The National Science Foundation announced a new Dear Colleague Letter: Exploring the NSF 2026 Idea Machine. They invite submission of proposals for Conferences and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs), following the themes that emerged in the top 33 entries submitted to the NSF 2026 Idea Machine, a prize competition seeking compelling ideas for fundamental research in science and engineering to be pursued in the coming years. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Public Health Programs to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.  This RFA (CDC-RFA-DP20-2004) seeks to fulfill the aim of the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act through the development of strong public health approaches to AD and related dementias, including risk reduction (primary prevention), early diagnosis (secondary prevention), prevention and management of comorbidities and avoidable hospitalizations (tertiary prevention), using data for priority setting and action, and support for caregiving for persons with dementia, including addressing social determinants of health.  Eligible applicants include health departments of states, political subdivisions of states, and Indian (American Indian/Alaska Native) tribes and tribal organizations. Applications must be received by 11:59 pm ET on May 26th, 2020.  Please see the funding opportunity announcement for complete details and application instructions.

The Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research is an award of $50,000 given by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to an outstanding scientist carrying out work relevant to the causes, pathophysiology, treatment, or prevention of schizophrenia. The scientist to be recognized will be one who gives particular promise for advancing our understanding of schizophrenia, or of basic brain mechanisms, in schizophrenia. Deadline for application: June 3, 2020.

The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) invites you to fill out an application, and complete other requirements listed, for consideration of their ET Research Grants. They are requesting proposals for grants addressing the nosology, etiology, pathogenesis, treatment or other topics relevant to essential tremor.

The NIA has disseminated an updated list of funding opportunities and notices to inform researchers and trainees about our latest initiatives.  Among the featured opportunities are grants on new and unconventional models of Alzheimer’s disease, balance control in older adults, and resources for translational and clinical scientists working in geriatrics-related fields.


We have created a list of resources from the National Institutes of Health, patient advocacy groups, and professional organizations, whose websites provide additional information.

Website Resources:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

NINDS Blueprint Program

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)

American Epilepsy Society

American Headache Society

Autism Speaks

Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation

International Bipolar Foundation

International Essential Tremor Foundation

National Ataxia Foundation

National Headache Foundation

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

Society for Neuroscience

Tourette Syndrome Association


Yeast cells are observed by fluorescence microscopy as part of a preventative health project on Alzheimer's disease. CSIRO via Wikimedia Commons


An astrocyte, labeled with GFAP (red), focal adhesion kinase (FAK;green), and nuclear stain to-pro (blue). By Neurorocker via Wikimedia Commons




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