Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 9/22/2023

Dana Professional Development Awards

The Dana Foundation is currently accepting applications for Professional Development Awards for trainees interested in opportunities in neuroscience and society.

The Dana Foundation is leading efforts to build the emerging and critical field of neuroscience and society, which bridges the gap between research in the lab and the interdisciplinary skills needed to use it to improve people’s lives. Through our work, we strive to foster collaboration between students, neuroscience and society scholars, funders, policymakers, professionals, and communities in pursuit of advancing knowledge and co-creating neuroscience-informed solutions to complex societal problems. Reviewing the Foundation's mission and vision and existing grants may be helpful in getting a better understanding of the type of work encompassed by our focus on Neuroscience & Society. 

Applicants may request up to $5,000 in funding to support professional development in neuroscience and society. 

The opportunity must be interdisciplinary in nature. That is, it must include the field of neuroscience AND another field outside of the natural sciences or engineering. This can include, but is not limited to, ethics, law, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, social sciences, public health, arts, and the humanities. The Foundation will not fund projects that focus on a purely neuroscience topic that may have potential impacts on society. For instance, we will not fund neuroscience research that may lead to a new treatment for a brain-based condition that would then be beneficial to society. Nor will we fund a neuroscience course that is not interdisciplinary according to our definition above.

The deadline for submissions is October 16th, 2023.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a professional development award, you must be: 

  • Currently affiliated with an academic or non-profit institution in the United States.  

  • Currently enrolled or engaged in a training program (undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, graduate, post-doctoral).