MBI Travel Award Program

The McKnight Brain Institute (MBI) Travel Award Program was established in 2013 to provide travel funds for members of the MBI community to present their research at highly visible conferences.


  • For platform presentations or abstracts with press conferences at meetings with national or international visibility.
  • Applicant must be the presenting author on an accepted abstract.
  • Events must be brain or neuroscience-related.
  • Eligible members include:
    • Select undergrads (contact Dr. Jada Lewis to inquire)
    • Grad students
    • Postdocs
    • Residents/fellows
    • Faculty
    • On a limited basis, first year graduate students enrolled in neuroscience curriculum may be considered for funds to attend Society for Neuroscience without a presentation.
  • Eligible members must belong to one of the following groups:
    • Neuroscience, CARE, CTRND
    • Neurosurgery
    • Neurology, CMDNR
    • Psychiatry
    • CAM-CTRP, and other labs within the MBI
  • Preference will be given to trainees over faculty.
  • Each award is up to $2,000 per event, per requestor; however, per diems will not be covered.
  • Each individual can apply multiple times per year, but each individual can be awarded no more than $2,500 within a fiscal year. Other funding sources such as through the BMS program, graduate student organization and individual training grants must be exhausted.
  • Applications should be submitted to the MBI Admin Office, which will route to the chairs of the MBI Outreach and Education Committee for approval.
  • Acknowledgement: If awarded, support from the McKnight Brain Institute should be acknowledged at the time of presentation and on all related materials.

Click here for application

MBI Reimbursement Policy: The applicant’s department will handle their travel arrangements and pay initially. Once the travel and related expense report is completed, the department will send a copy of the expense report to the MBI. We will then process an E2E (expense transfer) moving the expenses to our general revenue and off their accounts, up to the approved amount of the award.