Neuroscience Affinity Group – Key Questions Submission Form

Neuroscience Affinity Group Idea Solicitation
The CBC Neuroscience Affinity Group is a new funding initiative that supports and accelerates high-risk/high-reward neuroscience research across multiple Chicago institutions. Based on Team Science concepts, the Affinity Groups will engender novel collaborative research proposals. CBC Affinity Group awards can range up to $250,000 total for use over one to two years. Given limitations in finding and hiring personnel, the majority of the CBC Affinity Group award funding should be used to support a joint postdoc at a competitive salary ($90,000 base)and their experiments in support of the Scientific Team's proposal. Please review the Eligibility Criteria. 

The process will include a series of in-person and zoom format meetings, coupled with shepherding and workshopping to potentially yield full-fledged ideas that will be supported by funding a postdoc. The meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • April 17th;  9:00 AM:
    In-person meeting to discuss key scientific questions
    The Affinity Group forms scientific teams to submit proposals (deadline May 30th)
  • June 5th; 9:00 AM:
    Virtual Meeting - Refinement of proposals
  • June 20th; 1:00 PM:
    In-person Meeting - Prioritization of proposals


Please submit key questions for the categories listed below which you would like to discuss at the Neuroscience Affinity Group meeting on April 17, 2023 for the following categories:

  • Cerebrovascular diseases
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Neurodevelopment, cellular signaling and organelle dysfunction
  • Genomics/Epigenomics
  • Other topic(s)

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