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The T&C Chen Center for Systems Neuroscience is delighted to announce that it is accepting applications for the Chen Graduate Innovator Grants. We invite graduate students to submit proposals for independent experiments that will be supported by funds provided by the Center. Up to two grants of $10K each will be awarded.

The project must be conceived and driven by the graduate student and should not be an obvious extension of other research in their lab. We hope to encourage unique and outside the box thinking. Collaboration between students in different labs is highly encouraged (though not a necessity).

Proposals should include:

  1. 3-page description of the project (including any figures)
  2. Budget justification
  3. The proposal should address how the project is distinct from ongoing research in the student's lab
  4. Proposals should contain a signed statement from PI of sponsoring lab(s) indicating support for the project. 

Submission deadline is August 19, 2019. Funds are to be used for research purposes only and not for personal expenses.

Please submit proposals here by attaching your proposal to the email in this link.

Name your attached proposal file as follows: Chen Innovator Grant_Last Name(s)

For example, a proposal submission from Doris Tsao would be named "Chen Innovator Grant_Tsao"

Your proposal will be uploaded to Box and you will receive a confirmation email from Box within a few hours of submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email after 24 hours, please contact us directly at

Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of Caltech neuroscience faculty members.