Medical Research Grant FAQs

In order to assist grant applicants, we have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

What is the mission of the Brockman Foundation’s Medical Research Grant Program?

The mission of the Brockman Foundation’s Medical Research Grant Program is to reduce human suffering and enhance human potential through supporting leading-edge medical research and innovative preventative, therapeutic, interventional, technological and educational programs.

What kinds of medical research projects do you support?

The broad foci of the Brockman Foundation’s Medical Research Grant Program are basic, translational, and clinical research in the areas outlined as follows:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Under very special circumstances, we may also provide programmatic support in clinical, research and educational program in the following areas:

  • Veteran’s Health
  1. Traumatic Brain Disorder
  2. Post-traumatic Stress
  3. Alcohol Abuse and Substance Use Disorders
  4. Suicide
  5. Infectious Diseases
  6. Other
  • Women’s Health
  1. Cancer prevention, assessment, and treatment
  2. Reproductive Health and Disorders
  3. Endocrine Disorders
  4. Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders
  • Wellness and Prevention
  1. Vaccine development and access
  2. Substance Use Disorders to include: tobacco products, alcohol, opiates, stimulants, hallucinogens, and prescribed medications
  3. Metabolic Disorders (diet and exercise)
  4. Cardiovascular Disorders (diet, exercise, blood pressure control)
  5. Sexually-transmitted diseases

What are the limits of dollar support and time periods for medical research grants?

The Foundation will support, upon approval of the Scientific Advisory Board, requests ranging from $50,000 to $5,000,000 over time periods ranging from one year to three years.

Will the Foundation provide reimbursement for a grantee organization’s indirect operating costs?

We may reimburse a grantee organization for indirect institutional operating costs requisite to carry out the research.  The percentage that we approve will be agreed upon at the time of the grant funding on a case by case basis.

How do you decide which projects to support?

Our Scientific Advisory Board, chaired by Dr. Stuart Yudofsky, makes recommendations to the Foundation about which projects to support. Dr. Yudofsky’s colleagues on the Advisory Board include Dr. Orli Etingin, Dr. Peter Hotez, Dr. Raymond Sawaya, Dr. Peter Perinchief, and Mr. Robert T. Brockman. You will find biographies for the aforementioned individuals elsewhere on our website.

May anyone apply for a medical research grant?

The Brockman Foundation’s Medical Research Grant Program will only consider grant applications from, and award grants to, Principal Investigators with primary affiliations at not-for-profit institutions, as defined by the United States Internal Revenue Service in Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1968 and classified as other than a private foundation under the terms of Section 590 (a). Accordingly, a document confirming that the applicant-institution conforms to this criterion should accompany the grant application.

Where the grant application originates from a country other than the United States, a similar rule will apply, and a document confirming the applicant Principal Investigator’s primary affiliation with a not-for-profit institution will be required as part of the grant application.

How do I apply?

You must apply online through this website. Click here to link to our Medical Research Grant Application.

What is the process for applying for a medical research grant?

  • Applicants must submit a Grant Proposal online by answering the questions on our Medical Research Grant Application.
  • Applicants must include the curricula vitae of the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator(s), as well as a description of the Research Project for which funding is requested.
  • That description must include information concerning the overall purpose and goal of the project, the hypothesis to be tested by the project, the scientific method of the project, the projected timeframe and milestones from the time funding is received until the project is completed, and the proposed budget for the project.
  • Where possible, applicants should submit with their application a list of up to five published papers — preferably relevant to the subject of the research application — by the Principal Investigator and, as indicated, by Co-investigator(s).
  • Applicants are required to list any other external funding (either approved or pending) for the Research Project that is the subject of the application.
  • The Medical Research Grant Application also requires applicants to include information about their deliverables and expected outcomes by the end of the grant term.
  • In consultation with the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Yudofsky will review all Grant Proposals to determine if they are compatible with the Foundation’s mission, scientific areas of interest, scientific emphases and priorities and scientific standards.
  • A decision will be made at this point about whether the Grant Proposal will be formally reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Board; will be reviewed as submitted; or whether the applicants will be invited to submit further details about the Research Project. If the Foundation determines not to review formally the Grant Proposal, the Investigator will be notified within several weeks of submission.
  • Applications that do not follow the Medical Research Grant Application template will not be considered.

Must my grant proposal submission follow the precise order and format of grant application as presented on the Foundation Website; or may I rearrange the sections and make certain additions?

All grant proposals must be submitted through the Foundation Website in exact accordance with the Website’s order and format.  Additions to or rearrangements of the format will not be accommodated.

Do you make decisions solely based on documentary submissions?

Under special circumstances applicants may be invited to appear before the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board in order to present their Grant Proposal and to answer questions from the Scientific Advisory Board.

The Foundation reserves the right to visit the laboratory or program setting of an applicant or grantee, as required.

Does the Foundation provide any advisory support to applicants?

Where appropriate, and as required for deserving applications, the Scientific Advisory Board may provide technical assistance to grant-seekers, including help with planning, organizational development, and scientific and programmatic design.

How long does it take you to make a decision about whether to support a particular research project?

We typically reply to applicants within four months of receiving the requisite information, depending upon the complexity of the medical research project under consideration as well as the timing of the next meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board.

How will I know if my proposal has been approved for support?

Successful applicants for funding will be notified online as well as in writing.

What terms and conditions, if any, will be attached to a grant for medical research?

We will consider the terms and conditions attached to each grant on a case-by-case basis. They will be included in the letter confirming your grant. In all cases, however, you can expect that we will be involved in regular and ongoing monitoring of grantees in relation to the achievement of agreed-upon milestones. Grantees will be required to report to the Foundation on a regular basis in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant and the achievement of specified milestones.

What happens if agreed-upon milestones and other terms and conditions are not met by a grantee?

Failure to meet agreed-upon milestones, and non-performance of other terms and conditions, may result in the termination of funding.

May a research grant given for a specified time period be renewed for an additional time period?

Under unusual, highly-limited circumstances, the Scientific Advisory Board may consider whether a funded grant might be renewed. This may only occur after the conditions and agreed-upon milestones of the initial grant have been fulfilled within their specified timeframes.

Does the Brockman Foundation’s Medical Research Grant Program provide funding for post-graduate fellowships?

At this time, the Foundation is funding original, hypothesis-based basic, translational and clinical medical research.

We do not fund post-graduate fellowships, either of a research or clinical focus.

Does the Foundation have a policy about subcontracting components of a funded grants to institutions other than the primary institution of the Principle Investigator to which the grant is issued?

The Foundation does not permit subcontracting to another institution key components of the research–whether for personnel, investigators, research space, etc.   Occasionally, if certain collateral components of the project need to be subcontracted out–such as reimbursements for highly-specialized laboratory testing–the Foundation may make an exception.


If you have questions about the Brockman Foundation’s Medical Research Grant Program that are not answered in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, please contact us via the form on our Contact Page.