Frequently Asked Questions

Do you grant to individuals?


Do you support overhead and general operating budgets?


How do I arrange to meet with a representative of the Dana Foundation?


How can I contact the Dana Foundation about any questions I have?


Does the Foundation provide funding to individual scientists?


Does the Foundation fund for-profit institutions?


Does the Foundation support basic research?


How do I know under which program my research would best fit?


Who is eligible to apply for grants? Are post-doctoral fellows eligible to apply?


Are the grant programs intended for senior or junior investigators?


Am I allowed to apply for neuroscience grants designated invitation-only? If so, how?


When and how often are applications accepted? Are there specific deadlines?


How do I know whether my institution is invited/eligible under the David Mahoney Neuroimaging RFP?


Can I apply directly to the David Mahoney Neuroimaging program if the RFP is not posted at my institution?


What is the duration of grant funding for any specific study?


What amount of funding is provided?


Can Foundation funds be used toward overhead costs? Are there any budget restrictions?


Are all Science and Health grant programs open to international institutions?


Can I reapply if my application is not selected?


Does the Foundation fund science education grants?


Can I apply for consideration under the Clinical Neuroscience Research Program?


Can an applicant from a U.S. institution under the Neuroimaging program work with a collaborator from a foreign institution?


Can an NIH scientist apply for a grant?


I have one NIH grant and another small grant from NSF for $20,000. Am I disqualified from applying for a Dana grant?


What happens if an applicant with one RO1 learned that he/she has received a second RO1 award while in the process of applying for a Dana grant?


I have one RO1, but am also a collaborator on another faculty member’s RO1. Does that mean I have two RO1’s or can I apply?


I have an RO1 grant which is being renewed under a different title and grant number. May I still apply for a Dana grant?


What happens if an invited institution does not have a traditional tenure track system?


What happens if an applicant only has a one-year, potentially renewable appointment, and is not in a traditional tenure track?


I have had one Dana Neuroimaging grant and would like to compete in my institution’s selection process to submit a second application. Am I eligible?


I know that Dana emphasizes research in humans or on human tissue, but what if I have an animal model study that is applicable to humans but not yet feasible to be undertaken in humans?


I am a post-doc, can I still apply to the Neuroimaging program?


I am an associate professor. Can I apply?


I am a full professor. Am I eligible to apply?


What if I am not yet a professor but have two RO1’s and the research for which I want to apply is not related to those areas of research?


Why is the Neuroimaging program generally limited to new or newly independent investigators?


Could I apply for a second grant if I already have an open Dana research grant?


May I include collaborators from another U.S. institution in my application?


Do you grant to individuals?

No.  Grants are awarded only to 501 (c) 3 organizations.

Do you support overhead and general operating budgets?

No grant will be awarded specifically for an organization’s operating budget.  No grant monies awarded shall be used for overhead.

How do I arrange to meet with a representative of the Dana Foundation?

Meetings with the Foundation staff are by invitation only.

How can I contact the Dana Foundation about any questions I have?

Please email us at: grantsinfo@dana.org.

Does the Foundation provide funding to individual scientists?

No, the Foundation provides no grants to individuals. Grants are provided to medical schools, research institutions, and other 501(c)(3) organizations to support scientists' research.

Does the Foundation fund for-profit institutions?

No, the Foundation only funds 501(c)(3) organizations.

Does the Foundation support basic research?

 No. The Clinical Neuroscience Research program focuses on patient research. The David Mahoney Neuroimaging program focuses on patient-oriented studies (research with patients or patient tissues). Research that does not involve patients or patient tissues is supported only when the investigation is directly applicable to human health and functioning but is not yet feasible in humans.

How do I know under which program my research would best fit?

Please visit the pages for each program and read the descriptions. For additional guidance, please view the descriptions of studies funded in each program.

Who is eligible to apply for grants? Are post-doctoral fellows eligible to apply?

Applicants must be tenure track faculty. Emphasis in the David Mahoney Neuroimaging program is on junior-level faculty (investigators at the assistant professor level and those who are in the first few years of their associate professor appointments). Post-doctoral fellows are only eligible to apply if they will have a junior faculty appointment by the time grant funding would begin.

Are the grant programs intended for senior or junior investigators?

It depends on the program. The David Mahoney Neuroimaging program looks for outstanding investigators who are early in their research careers. The Clinical Neuroscience Research program invites junior and senior level investigators.

Am I allowed to apply for neuroscience grants designated invitation-only? If so, how?

Only those invited by the foundation are allowed to apply for invitation-only neuroscience grants, through the Clinical Neuroscience Research Program. Please see the description of that program.

When and how often are applications accepted? Are there specific deadlines?

It depends on the program. The David Mahoney Neuroimaging program issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) with a specific deadline. Preliminary proposals for the Clinical Neuroscience Research program may be submitted at any time. Please see the program pages for each program’s process and deadlines. 

How do I know whether my institution is invited/eligible under the David Mahoney Neuroimaging RFP?

All U.S. Medical Schools receive invitations to submit applications. The RFPs are sent to the deans of those schools, and for distribution to relevant departments in the school. Some institutions distribute the RFP internally or post it on their Web site; it varies from school to school. Select research institutions are also invited by a letter to the institutions president. If you are unsure, please have your sponsored research officer contact:

Mary Lucas
505 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 223-4040 ext. 669

Can I apply directly to the David Mahoney Neuroimaging program if the RFP is not posted at my institution?

All proposals received for the David Mahoney Neuroimaging program must be submitted with the endorsement of the dean of a U.S. medical school, or the president of a research institution that receives a letter of invitation from the Foundation. This endorsement ensures that no more than one application is submitted per institution. You must go through your institution’s selection process.  If your institution is not a U.S. medical school or a specifically invited research institution, you are not eligible to apply.

What is the duration of grant funding for any specific study?

Typically, studies are funded for up to three years.

What amount of funding is provided?

Research grants typically range from $100,000 to up to $300,000 per institution, depending upon the program.  Please see each program page for specific information.

Can Foundation funds be used toward overhead costs? Are there any budget restrictions?

Foundation funding covers only direct costs and cannot be used to cover indirect expenses.  However, up to ten percent of grant funds may be used to purchase equipment needed for the study.

Are all Science and Health grant programs open to international institutions?

The Clinical Neuroscience Research program accepts preliminary proposals from clinical researchers at international institutions. The Neuroimaging program does not accept applications from institutions outside the United States.

Can I reapply if my application is not selected?

Written feedback provided will indicate whether you are invited to reapply. Refer to the correspondence you received; encouragements to resubmit will be clearly indicated.

Does the Foundation fund science education grants?

Rarely, and only by invitation.

Can I apply for consideration under the Clinical Neuroscience Research Program?

Full proposals under the Clinical Neuroscience Research program are considered on an "invite-only basis". Foundation consultants will review preliminary proposals (up to two-page project description with an attached NIH-style abbreviated CV) from investigators who wish to be considered to receive an invitation to submit a full proposal.

Can an applicant from a U.S. institution under the Neuroimaging program work with a collaborator from a foreign institution?

Yes, support for the non-U.S. collaborator would be provided under a subcontract from the PI’s institution.

Can an NIH scientist apply for a grant?

On Neuroimaging and Clinical Neuroscience Research grants, NIH scientists can be collaborators (co-PIs or co-investigators) on grant applications submitted by a PI from U.S. medical schools or free-standing research institutes. The grant is awarded to the PI’s institution, not the NIH.  The NIH receives a subcontract from the PI’s institution.

I have one NIH grant and another small grant from NSF for $20,000. Am I disqualified from applying for a Dana grant?

You may apply.  You have one RO1, which makes you a “newly independent” researcher. 

What happens if an applicant with one RO1 learned that he/she has received a second RO1 award while in the process of applying for a Dana grant?

 Applicants in that situation can apply but should note in a cover letter that they have just received a second RO1. 

I have one RO1, but am also a collaborator on another faculty member’s RO1. Does that mean I have two RO1’s or can I apply?

 You are eligible to apply.

I have an RO1 grant which is being renewed under a different title and grant number. May I still apply for a Dana grant?

Yes, you may.

What happens if an invited institution does not have a traditional tenure track system?

Because grants are made to institutions and not to individuals, applicants in institutions without tenure track systems should describe their appointments and their institution’s commitment to them during the period of the proposed grant. This applies to both Neuroimaging and Clinical Neuroscience Research program applicants.

What happens if an applicant only has a one-year, potentially renewable appointment, and is not in a traditional tenure track?

Since grants are awarded to institutions and not individuals, institutions should put forward candidates that have an institutional commitment for the full grant period. This commitment is especially significant for Neuroimaging applicants, since grants are intended to assist promising early-career investigators. Therefore reviewers place significant weight on the investigator’s career trajectory. Applicants with limited appointments are at a competitive disadvantage, and institutions should carefully consider the advisability of selecting such applicants. If an institution decides to put forward a candidate for a Neuroimaging grant who is on an annual appointment track, the candidate will be eligible only if he or she submits a written letter from their department chair stating that the applicant’s appointment will be renewed through the grant period.

I have had one Dana Neuroimaging grant and would like to compete in my institution’s selection process to submit a second application. Am I eligible?

Dana rarely provides more than one Neuroimaging grant to an investigator.  The Foundation anticipates that an Neuroimaging grantee will be positioned to compete for other sources of funding following a Dana grant.   You and your institution should consider this situation in deciding whether to compete for a second Dana grant, even though technically you are eligible to compete if your prior grant has ended or will end before the new grant is to be awarded.     

I know that Dana emphasizes research in humans or on human tissue, but what if I have an animal model study that is applicable to humans but not yet feasible to be undertaken in humans?

The Neuroimaging and Clinical Neuroscience Research programs focus on research in humans (including human tissues). If research is directly related to human health, and not yet feasible to be undertaken in humans but is anticipated to be ready for human studies following the grant period, the study could be considered. The Foundation’s guidelines are as follows:

“Applications for animal model studies of brain conditions or injuries will be considered only if they relate directly to the human but cannot yet feasibly be undertaken in humans, and are anticipated to be translated into the human following the three-year grant period. Such studies that are not undertaken in humans but directly relate to the human include research on: 1) normal brain anatomy and physiology in the animal model that can help to better understand the roles of cells and networks in specific cognitive functions and how these are altered by disease and injury; and 2) animal models of human diseases, either through insertion of human genes or through naturally occurring or induced disease states, that are directly related to the human condition. Specific criteria for these types of studies are listed in the section on Eligibility.”

I am a post-doc, can I still apply to the Neuroimaging program?

No, post-docs are not eligible. 

I am an associate professor. Can I apply?

 Yes, those in the first few years of their associate professorship are eligible to apply for a Neuroimaging grant.

 

For Clinical Neuroscience Research, associate professors are eligible to apply no matter how far along in their associate professor role they may be.

I am a full professor. Am I eligible to apply?

 You are eligible to apply for a Neuroimaging grant only if your proposal represents a new research direction for you. The award would be limited to $100,000.

 

You are eligible to apply for a Clinical Neuroscience Research grant.

What if I am not yet a professor but have two RO1’s and the research for which I want to apply is not related to those areas of research?

 If you have two RO1’s and this is a new research direction, you are eligible to apply for a Neuroimaging grant, but you would need to demonstrate that this is a new research direction, and any award would be limited to $100,000. You and your institution should note that priority is given to assisting new career investigators.

Why is the Neuroimaging program generally limited to new or newly independent investigators?

The Neuroimaging program is designed to support early promising career investigators. Therefore, support is focused on faculty researchers who have demonstrated the potential for independent research careers who are at the assistant professor level, or in the first few years of their associate professor appointments. Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to apply. Applications from junior investigators that are an extension of the work of a senior mentor, particularly if from the same institution, are discouraged.

Could I apply for a second grant if I already have an open Dana research grant?

For Neuroimaging grants, no, you would not be able to apply until the first grant is completed. For Clinical Neuroscience Research, yes, you could apply for a second grant prior to the completion of the first grant.

May I include collaborators from another U.S. institution in my application?

Yes, with a description of their role. If your application is selected to be developed into a full proposal, you can request financial support for a subcontract in the full budget proposal.