The Mind Science Foundation
117 West El Prado Drive
San Antonio, TX, 78212, USA
Tel: (210) 821-6094
The Mind Science Foundation is currently requesting proposals for funding!
MSF seeks to fund research that will lead to significant advancements in the Science of Consciousness and improvements in the health and well-being of humankind.
The Mind Science Foundation is currently requesting research proposals focused on original research, or the meaningful compilation and interpretation of existing research data, resulting in leading-edge developments in the science of consciousness.
Fields of inquiry include, but are not limited to: neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, physics, philosophy, biology, artificial intelligence, sleep and dream research, creativity/education, neuro-ethics, and experiential/subjective studies.
This year, in addition to funding important research, one of the unique goals for MSF and its events is to encourage and equip researchers to excel in translating their work for a general audience. If a scientist can answer the "so what" question about their work, the layperson's scientific literacy is increased, and they can make a direct connection between your basic research and the potential for solutions to come of the most intractable problems facing our species.
Your formal submission will be reviewed by the MSF Science Committee on its scientific merits over the summer. Should your proposal be approved for second round consideration, we will schedule a Skype interview with the committee to include an evaluation of your skills in verbally translating your work for a layperson. Our committee will provide feedback on your presentation and the finalists will be offered coaching resources.
Following the video interview round, the finalists will be chosen for a formal presentation of their project with a short (5-7 minutes, strictly enforced) talk, or "pitch" to our donors at the October 2, 2018, BrainStorm event.
The BrainStorm event will include a fun and lively cocktail reception followed by "pitches" - presentations by each finalist. Each finalist will present a short talk (can include up to 7 slides) and the audience (made up of foundation donors) will cast their votes following the presentations. Strive to be energetic and persuasive in pitching your idea. All three finalists will go home with at least $15,000, but the overall winner will take the top prize of $30,000. There will be additional opportunities for the donors to give over and above the original distributions so project creativity will be key to get the donors excited. If you are invited as a finalist, you are guaranteed a minimum of $15,000 in funding.
Formal Proposal Format
Investigators and Institution and Credentials
Names of the Principal Investigator(s) and Co-investigator(s), with institutional affiliation, contact info, CV for each investigator.(No Page Limit) In addition, in the event your proposal is chosen as a finalist, we will need a summary of your credentials including links for biographical websites, social media, awards won, and previous talks given to use in MSF communications.(One paragraph)
Project Summary for the Lay Public
The MSF is an organization that seeks to increase the scientific literacy of the lay public and therefore requests a description of the proposed research that succinctly states the major aspects of the proposed project in a way that is understandable by a variety of audiences. In the event that the proposal makes it to the final round, this summary will be used in MSF communications. This 1/2 page description should tell us your idea, the problem you are trying to solve, how it relates to consciousness, your unique solution and how MSF funds will help you succeed in your goals.
Six-page description of the proposed research, in accordance with the NIH formatting guidelines. This section should include: Specific Aims (1 page), Significance/Background (1 to 2 pages), Innovation (1/2 to 1 page), Approach (3 to 4 pages), Risk and Limitations (1/2 page), and Timeline (1/4 page).
In the event your proposal is chosen as a finalist, an IRB or equivalent institutional approval protocol for experiments involving human or animal subjects will be required. (No Page Limit)
References should be listed in order of appearance. (No Page Limit)
Budget and Justification
The purpose of this section is to present and justify expenses required to achieve the project aims and objectives. The budget is $15,000, scalable to $30,000. Also, include what you add to your project to make it more robust if you had an extra $15,000. (No Page Limit)
Statement of deliverable product (i.e. publishable article, data as the basis for a publishable book, pilot data for subsequent funding by NIH, NIMH, or similar funding entities, etc.). (No Page Limit)
Awards will be made after peer review, review by the MSF Science Committee, and one 15 minute Skype interview. Quality, originality, and relevance to the advancement of the science of consciousness will be key factors in the evaluation process. It is important to note that grants will be reviewed by both scientific and non-scientific professionals. Awards will be reviewed free of bias. Each section of the proposal will be scored based on the NIH scoring system. All proposals and results of peer and science committee review will be kept confidential. The content of your presentation at the final event, however, will be recorded and presented online.
Use of Funds and Restrictions
Research funds are restricted to actual costs, with no more than 5% indirect costs. Actual costs may include salaries for staff/assistants and salary supplements for Co-Investigators. Under special circumstances related to the goals of the research, salary supplement for Principal Investigators may also be appropriate.
Submission and Awards
Submission Deadline - June 8, 2018
Peer Review - June and July 2018
15 minute Skype Interview - August 3, 2018
Three Finalists Announced - August 10, 2018
Presentation Practice and Coaching - September 2018
Final Event - October 2, 2018