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Simons Foundation: Neuroscience Collaboration Proposals

Opportunity NameNeuroscience Collaboration Proposals
AgencyThe Simons Foundation
Value$5,000,000 – $12,000,000/year
Indirect CostsEligible at 20%
Duration10 years

Vision Statement

Vision statement due to SIRI for full review02-22-2023
Vision statement and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review03-01-2023
Final vision statement and fully signed ORS checklist due to SIRI for mandatory review03-06-2023
Vision statement due at agency 03-08-2023 by 12:00 PM (noon)

Full proposals (by invitation only)

Full proposals due at agencySeptember 2023
Selection of proposals to proceed to workshops December 2023
WorkshopsJanuary – September 2024
Notice of awardNovember 2024

The proposed collaborations should drive cutting-edge idea-generating research that focuses on basic principles of brain function. The foundation is particularly interested in research overlooked or deemed too risky by other funding organizations.

Researchers with an idea for any such innovative collaboration should submit a vision statement by March 8, 2023. Such submissions should outline the big idea and related hypotheses the proposed collaboration will address, including high-level overviews of the methods and approaches that will be used.

The foundation will prioritize cross-disciplinary collaborations integrating many levels of analysis, methodologies, ways of thinking and scientific communities. The collaborations should encourage conversations within and across fields while bringing together diverse groups of researchers to investigate important questions about the basic principles of brain function.  


All investigators must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the equivalent (eligible for receiving grant funding) at a college, university, medical school or other research facility. In addition, eligible applicants must have independent research space at their institution.

Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations; public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories and units of state and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government. There are no citizenship or country requirements.

How to Apply

All researchers should notify both their Faculty research offices and SIRI ( as soon as possible about their intention to apply. Doing so will ensure that researchers receive adequate support in application preparation. 

All researchers planning to submit a Vision Statement to the Simons Foundation are required to submit an ORS Checklist by March 6, 2023 to

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at