Medical Research Grant FAQs

What kinds of medical research projects does the Brockman Foundation 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
  • Trauma

Special areas of research emphasis will include:

  • Veterans’ Health
  1. Traumatic Brain Disorder
  2. Post-traumatic Stress
  3. Alcohol Abuse and Substance Use Disorders
  4. Suicide
  5. Infectious Diseases
  • 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
  5. Domestic Abuse
  • Wellness and Prevention
  1. Vaccine development and access
  2. Testing for infectious diseases
  3. Substance Use Disorders to include: tobacco products, alcohol, opiates, stimulants, hallucinogens, and prescribed medications
  4. Metabolic Disorders, Diabetes, Obesity
  5. Cardiovascular Disorders
  6. Sexually-transmitted diseases

Who may 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. Please note that only grant applications from the US will be considered at this present time. No exceptions will be considered.

Does the Foundation provide funding for post-graduate fellowships?

At this time, the Foundation exclusively 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 provide funding for not-for-profit medical associations and illness-related foundations?

At this time, the Foundation exclusively is funding original, hypothesis-based basic, translational and clinical medical research. We do not fund other illness-related, charitable foundations.

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 five years.

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.

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

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

Does the Foundation permit subcontracting components of a funded grant 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. Written approval from the Foundation is required for this exception.

How do I apply?

To apply for a Medical Research Grant, you must complete and submit an online application through this website. All Grant Proposals must be submitted through the Foundation website in exact accordance with the website’s order and format. Applications that do not follow the Medical Research Grant Application template will not be considered.

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. This 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.

How does the Brockman Foundation decide which projects to support?

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, clinical and scientific priorities, scientific standards, and ethical considerations.

A decision will be made at this point about whether the Grant Proposal will be formally reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Board; will be sent out to external reviewers; will be reviewed as submitted; or whether the applicants will be invited to submit further details about the Research Project. For grant proposals that are not approved for continued review, and therefore will not be funded, the Investigator will be notified within several weeks of submission.

Dr. Yudofsky’s colleagues on the Scientific Advisory Board include Dr. Orli Etingin, Dr. Peter Hotez, Dr. Raymond Sawaya, Dr. Peter Perinchief, and Mr. Robert T. Brockman. Biographies for the aforementioned individuals can be found here.

Does the Foundation make decisions based solely on documentary submissions to the Website?

Under special circumstances applicants may be invited to appear before the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board 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.

How long does the Foundation take to decide whether to support a research project?

The Foundation typically replies 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 by email.

If a grant proposal is not approved, will the Foundation provide an explanation for and/or formal review of the reasons for non-approval?

No.  The Foundation does not provide explanations for refusal or reviews of grants that have not been approved.

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

The Foundation will consider the terms and conditions attached to each funded grant on a case-by-case basis. These terms and conditions will be included in the letter confirming funding of the grant. In all cases, however, the investigator can expect that the Foundation will be involved in regular and ongoing monitoring of grants and grantees in relation to the achievement of agreed-upon milestones and approved budget. Grantees will be required to submit biannually a report to the Foundation in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant and which documents the achievement of agreed upon milestones. This report should as factually-specific and detailed and necessary to inform the Scientific Advisory Board of the progress of the grant to date.

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 funded 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. Additionally, each renewal request will be functionally be considered as a new grant application, will be sent out for external, independent review, and will presented to the Scientific Advisory Board for a decision regarding funding.

Once a grant has been completed are there further requirements?

Yes. A one-page summary of the completed research should be furnished for posting on the Brockman Medical Grant Website.  This report should include the following:  the goals of the research; the findings of the research; the scientific and/or clinical relevance and contributions of the research; and the peer-reviewed journal articles that were based upon the Foundation-supported research.

If you have questions about the Brockman Foundation’s Medical Research Grant Program that are not answered in the FAQs, please contact us via the form on our Contact Page.

If you have questions about the Brockman Foundation’s Medical Research Grant Program that are not answered in the FAQs, please contact us via the form on our Contact Page.