Basic Biological Research Grants and Grants-in-Aid

Funding Agency:
Whitehall Foundation

​Research Grants: Research grants are available to established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the United States. Applications will be judged on the scientific merit and the innovative aspects of the proposal as well as on the competence of the applicant. Research grants of up to three years will be provided. A renewal grant with a maximum of two years is possible, but it will be awarded on a competitive basis. Research grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose. Research grants normally range from $30,000 to $75,000 per year.

Grants-in-Aid: The Grants-in-Aid program is designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists. All applications will be judged on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of the proposal, as well as on past performance and evidence of the applicant’s continued productivity. Grants-in-Aid are awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000.

Deadlines for Letter of Intent: Jan. 15, Apr. 15, Oct. 1

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must meet all three of the following eligibility requirements in order to participate in the application process:

  • Appropriate title - must be an Assistant Professor (or higher). If the institution does not use this title, a letter from the department chair confirming the applicant’s eligibility is required.
  • Status - must hold Principal Investigator status.
  • Independent - must be considered an “independent investigator” with his/her own dedicated lab space or with lab space independent of another investigator.



Funding Type


Duke Awardees


Field, Greg D., Duke University, "Mapping the Connectivity of the Mammalian Retina." Three Year Research Grant totaling $225,000.


Glickfeld, Lindsey, Duke University, "Role of Cell-Type Specific Inhibition in Visual Perception." One Year Research Grant totaling $75,000.

Hull, Court, Duke University, "Representation of Time in the Cerebellar Cortex." Three Year Research Grant totaling $225,000.

Volkan, Pelin Cayirlioglu, Duke University, "Chromatin Modulation in Structural and Functional Refinement of Olfactory Circuits." Two Year Renewal Grant totaling $150,000.


Volkan, Pelin Cayirloglu, Duke University, “Epigenetic Mechanisms in Drosophila Odorant Receptor Choice.” Three Year Research Grant totaling $225,000.
West, Anne E., Duke University, “Transcriptional Regulation of Immediate-Early Genes by MeCP2.” One Year Grant-in-Aid totaling $30,000.

Erich Jarvis, Ph.D.
Sensory- and Motor-Driven Genes in Behavior
Guoping Feng, Ph.D.
Molecular Signals Determining Neurotransmitter Phenotypes
Michael Platt, Ph.D.
Role of Posterior Cingulate Cortex in Eye Movement Control



Junior Faculty


Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science

External Deadline

April 15, 2024