INCF has launched a seed funding scheme to support use-case driven, international collaborative projects.
Submission is now open!
Submission deadline: March 16th, 2017
Review period: April 2017
Funding awarded: May 2017
INCF will award seed funding approximately twice per year. Our aim is to facilitate community work that aligns with INCF’s mission and strategic objectives. Funding will drive forward projects that address demonstrable neuroscience use-cases and have strong potential for community support and uptake.
Funds are awarded in three main categories:
- Project grants (expected range $2000-$20000)
Intended to fund efforts like pilot studies, tool integration, or foundation work to set up a consortium and/or prepare for further grant applications. Also funds development of training material and tutorials. The leader of a funded proposal must be based in one of the 6 Governing Members in the INCF network*, and must commit to sharing products from the final project, such as reports, data, code, and training materials.
- Workshop grants (expected range $2000-$20000)
Intended to fund workshops, work group meetings and the like. The leader of a funded proposal must be based in one of the 6 Governing Members in the INCF network*, and must commit to sharing products from the final project, such as reports, data, code, and training materials.
- Travel grants
Intended to fund lab visits for collaboration or knowledge exchange, or speaking/teaching engagements. Not intended for merely attending meetings or courses. The person travelling or the person hosting needs to be based in one of the 6 Governing members in the INCF network*
* Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, and Sweden.
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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What types of funding will INCF award?
Funds are awarded in three main categories: project grants, workshop grants and travel grants.
How much can I apply for?
Project and workshop grant applications are expected to range from $2000 to $20000.
Can I include indirect costs?
No. INCF will not accept indirect costs on grants of this size.
Who can apply?
The leader of a funded project proposal must be based in one of the 6 Governing Members in the INCF network, and must commit to sharing products from the final project, such as reports, data, code, and training materials.
For travel grants, the person travelling or the person hosting needs to be based in one of the 6 countries.
The INCF Governing Members are: Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, and Sweden.
For project funding, a legal entity (such as an institution) with which INCF can contract must be supplied.
What subject areas are funded?
The purpose of the seed funding is to facilitate community work aligned with INCF’s mission and strategic objectives. Funding will either drive forward delivery of a product that addresses a neuroscience use case or enable a project to develop to the stage of attracting larger-scale external funding. Suitably aligned projects, travels and workshops are those that will deliver tools, data, research, education, training or community development. The funding could facilitate, for example, initial international consortia formation for the creation of a competitive funding proposal, work to demonstrate a proof of concept, tool development, hosting of a workshop to explore and develop an area, or development of education and training content.
We welcome applications from researchers in all fields related to neuroinformatics, including (but not limited to) data- and knowledge-bases of the nervous system from molecular to behavioral levels; tools for the acquisition, analysis, and visualization of nervous system data; and theoretical, computational, and simulation environments for modeling the brain.
Who will review my application?
Review is carried out by an independent review panel. Each of the 18 countries in the INCF network* nominates one reviewer to the panel. The INCF Secretariat administers the process and selects a sub-set of reviewers (usually three) from the panel, based on expertise, to review each application. Funding is awarded based on the review results. Read the INCF seed funding review criteria.
*The INCF network countries are Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, UK, and US.
Can I submit more than one application?
You can submit several applications. Those that fulfill the eligibility requirements will be reviewed.
What happens after the submission?
Valid submissions enter the review process. Reviews are conducted based on seed funding review criteria agreed by the INCF Council for Training, Science and Infrastructure. The INCF Secretariat awards funding according to the ranked list of proposals from the review. Awards are expected to be made in May 2017.
Submissions that do not fulfill the eligibility criteria are removed by the INCF Secretariat and applicants informed.
If your application is funded:
Project applications will get 100% of funds following the award.
Workshop applications will get 100% of funds following the award.
Travel grants will get funded when travel is concluded and following receipt of an expense claim with original receipts. Expense claims must be submitted within 3 months of travel, and before December 31st, 2017.
What is the timeline?
Submissions are open until March 16, 2017. Reviews will be completed in April 2017. Funds are expected to be awarded in May 2017.
Where does the money come from?
Under approval from the INCF Governing Board, the seed funding is taken from INCF’s core funds which are contributed by the INCF Governing Member countries.
I have other questions! Who do I ask?
Please contact us on email@example.com
Funded grants in 2016
Here is the full list of grants funded in the 2016 funding cycle
NB: The 2016 funding cycle did not require the lead applicant to be based in an INCF Governing Member country.