Month: February 2020

IBACS Call for Seed Grant Applications

The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CT IBACS) is pleased to announce a new call for applications to its seed grant fund. Full details (and forms for the required letter of intent) can be found on the Institute website.

 The seed fund is intended to fund activities in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (broadly construed) that are likely to lead to applications for external funding, or which otherwise contribute to the mission of the Institute. Successful applications will typically involve collaborations that require expertise across laboratories and traditional disciplinary boundaries. The Institute does not usually fund research that might normally be considered to fall within the scope of a single lab or discipline. Applications for small grants (<$10,000) can be submitted at any time; applications in excess of $10,000 should be submitted by April 1st, 2020

Please submit letters of intent as soon as possible, but at least 2 weeks prior to the seed grant application deadline (by 3/18/20), to allow time for review and feedback.

The Institute also invites applications for affiliate memberships.

IBACS Spring 2020 Undergrad Award Application Opens TODAY!

We are happy to announce the fourth year of the undergraduate research grant program that is being run by the Connecticut Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS).



The application period for the spring research grant program opens TODAY, Monday, February 3rd, 2020, and the deadline for applications will be 11:59 pm on Monday, February 17th, 2020.  The application process is being conducted in concert with the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).  It is expected that applicants will be conducting research with IBACS faculty members, focusing on any research area associated with the IBACS mission.  Faculty sponsors will need to supply a letter of recommendation. Once the applicant lists the faculty advisor of the project in the form, an email will be sent to the faculty member with directions for how to submit the letter.  Applicants must fill out the online application, and also submit via the online application, a relatively short research plan (maximum of 6,000 characters, approximately 3 pages) and a budget that explains in detail how the funds will be spent. The application link is listed below. It is recommended that the student first compose the research plan and budget using a word processing program, and then upload the final versions on to the website.


IBACS Spring 2020 Application:


THIS PROGRAM IS NOT MEANT TO PROVIDE DIRECT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO STUDENTS. Instead, it is meant to provide support for the research. The account will be set up with the faculty sponsor after the award is given. It is expected that there will be five awards during the Spring of 2020 of up to $1,000. The funding is meant to defray the research-related costs such as materials & supplies, minor equipment, software, animal or participant-related costs. The budget should reflect these expenditures.


Fall recipients cannot apply for the Spring grant, but a recipient of a Fall or Spring grant is eligible for the Summer research grant program, provided that they are still a UConn student at the time. The application period for the summer research grant program will open on Monday, February 17th, 2020, and the deadline for applications will be 11:59 pm on Friday, March 13th, 2020.