Awards & Honors: 2018 McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award

The McKnight Foundation has just announced its deadline for the 2018 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award, which assists scientists working to apply the knowledge achieved through basic research to human brain disorders that affect memory or cognition.

Deadline: March 27, 2017


  • Proposals must address memory or cognition under normal and pathological conditions.
  • This includes proposals that address mechanisms of memory or cognition at the synaptic, cellular, molecular, genetic or behavioral level in animals, including humans.
  • Of particular interest are proposals that incorporate fundamentally new approaches, as well as those that involve human experimentation.
  • Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are encouraged.
  • Projects restricted to the creation of conventional mouse knockouts in candidate disease genes identified by association studies, or to broadly overexpress those genes, are discouraged.
  • Projects to perform genetic interaction screens on disease genes in model organisms (yeast, worm, fly, fish) will not be considered, unless the project includes substantive specific aims that investigate the disease relevance of any new genes discovered in human or mammalian model systems.


  • Investigators who are conducting research at institutions within the United States are invited to apply.
  • Applicants must be in tenured or tenure-track faculty positions; research faculty in annually renewable positions are ineligible.
  • Applicants may not be employees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or scientists within the intramural program of the National Institutes of Health.
  • Applicants may not hold another McKnight Award that would overlap with the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award.
  • The Foundation interested in geographic, gender, and racial diversity and we encourage women and minorities, as well as scientists from all around the U.S., to apply.
  • Funds may be used toward a variety of research activities, but not the recipient’s salary. The candidate’s other sources of funding will be considered when selecting awards.

Application Process

  • Please email ONE PDF file that includes the following to
    • the application form (include one application form for each PI)
    • 2-page project description
    • 4-page NIH bio sketch
  • References may be outside the 2-page limit, but may be no more than two pages
  • Please do not include a budget

In mid-June, the selection committee will invite a small number of applicants to submit more detailed proposals, which will be due September 25, 2017.

If you do not receive email confirmation of receipt of your LOI within 5 business days, please contact Eileen Maler at 612-333-4220 or