MBI Pilot Grants

The McKnight Brain Institute Pilot Grants were established to support assistant professors conducting research in the neurosciences in laboratories affiliated with the MBI.

Stay tuned for the next application deadline.

Anticipated funding

We anticipate awarding a 1-year pilot grant to one assistant professor to begin in July 1, 2018. The pilot grant will be for $50,000 to be used for salary, personnel support and/or supplies in a way that helps position the candidate for a successful R01 application. The recipient will be announced by June 1, 2018. An awardee who makes substantial progress in the first year of funding will be considered for a second year of funding.


  • This funding opportunity is open to any assistant professor who is performing neuroscience research and actively pursuing R01 level funding.
  • Priority will be given to assistant professors who have never had an R01 but who have submitted R01 applications and received a score.


  • If during the funding period you receive extramural funding for the same research, the MBI pilot grant will immediately terminate unless total expenditures have not exceeded $10,000. If expenditures have not exceeded $10,000 on the MBI pilot grant, the PI may accrue up to a total of $10,000 in expenditures before relinquishing the MBI grant, as long as it is permitted by the funding agency of the new grant.
  • You have previously had an R01 or equivalent.
  • You have a current R01.
  • You are not performing neuroscience research.
  • You are not actively seeking an R01.

Stay tuned for the next application deadline.

Application procedure

  • To apply, submit the following as a single PDF (filename: Last Name_MBIPG.pdf) by email to secretary@mbi.ufl.edu with “McKnight Brain Institute Pilot Grants” in subject heading. USE NIH FORMAT FOR ALL FORMS.
    • Title page: with your name and title of proposed research.
    • Research proposal (Specific Aims, Significance, Impact, Brief Experimental Approach) (2 pages, maximum).
    • NIH style biosketch (up to 4 pages).
    • Other support which should include applications that are currently submitted (1 page).
    • If applicable, your summary statement from a neuroscience R01 which has received a score but is unfunded.
    • No budget required. Detailed budget will be generated following successful award.

Award Criteria

  • Quality of the applicant
  • Quality of the science
  • History of applying for extramural funding
  • Prior summary statement(s)