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Extramural Award – Outside of Duke                        

The Broad Extramural Award is a two-year grant totaling $125,000 each year for non-Duke Faculty. Pilot studies that can lead to more conventional funding are preferred, to focus the Foundation’s support on new rather than existing research. Requirements include a progress report at the end of the first year, and an updated budget projection for the second year. In the spring of the second year, the recipient will be invited to present the research at Duke University Medical Center and provide a final written report at the end of the project. The Foundation requests recognition on any publication emanating from funded research.

Ann B. Bussel Award – Primarily at Duke

The Ann B. Bussel Award  is a two-year grant totaling $100,000 for faculty at Duke University. If the faculty member has a collaborator at another institution, splitting the grant to co-fund the investigators at the two institutions will be considered. The purpose of this award is to improve our understanding of, and ability to treat, Alzheimer’s disease and preference is for research approaches that study humans to complement the Ruth K. Broad Foundation’s existing, primarily basic neuroscience, research grant programs.

International Award – at Duke                                       

The Broad International Postdoctoral Fellowship provides funding for the standard postdoctoral stipend and fringe as established by Duke University policies applying for postdoctoral appointments plus $5,000, for each year of the two-year award, for postdoctoral fellows of non-U.S. origin. The award requires a research report presentation at the Broad Foundation’s annual Board of Directors meeting and a final written report at the end of the project.

Collaborative Research Grant                                        

The Ruth K. Broad Biomedical Research Foundation, Inc. funds collaborative research undertaken between Duke and a second academic institution, to address the Foundation’s goals of advancing the understanding of Alzheimer’s and related central nervous system diseases, and exploring new and effective treatments. Promising studies that are premature to qualify for conventional NIH funding are specifically encouraged.


Intramural Awards – at Duke

The Ruth K. Broad Biomedical Research Foundation, Inc. funds graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty at Duke, for research with emphasis on understanding the underlying biology of nervous system diseases. The Intramural Grants Screening Committee reviews all applications.

 Faculty Scholar                                                         

The Broad Scholar in the Neurosciences award provides seed funding for high priority, high potential research toward prevention and cure of neurodegenerative diseases. Starting in 2017, the Foundation increased the award to $125,000 per year for three years to support an innovative, pre-NIH project of a Duke faculty member. The award requires a research report presentation at the Broad Foundation’s annual Board of Directors meeting and a final written report at the end of the project.

 Fellowship Award for Postdoctoral Fellows   

The Broad Fellowship is for the standard postdoctoral stipend and fringe as established by Duke University policies applying for postdoctoral appointments. Applicants would preferably be in their first or second year of postdoctoral study at the time of the application. The award is for a one-year period and requires a research report presentation at the Broad Foundation’s annual Board of Directors meeting and a final written report at the end of the project.

Research Award for Graduate Students          

The Broad Research Award is exclusively for PhD or MD/PhD candidates and contributes to the normal graduate student stipend, plus tuition and fees. Students applying for funding would preferably be in their second or third year of study at the time of the application. The awards are for a one-year period and may require a research report presentation at the Broad Foundation’s annual Board of Directors meeting and a final written report at the end of the project.

 Medical Fellow in the Neurosciences              

The Medical Fellow is an award to promote learning and research in the neurosciences for a Duke University School of Medicine student in their third year.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for all upcoming Requests for Proposals is February 1, 2020.

New Grant

The Ruth K. Broad Foundation recently created a new grant to honor long-time director, Ann Bussel.

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