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Programs Stanford Neurosciences Institute
Research with impact. Connecting our community. Training future neuroscientists.

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute programs advance neuroscience research through interdisciplinary research grants. We are deeply committed to the training of future generations of neuroscientists through our graduate fellowships and interdisciplinary scholar awards for postdocs. Our community gathers at our symposia, weekly seminars, and retreat to learn and disseminate the latest neuroscience research. Through everything we do, we are bringing together brilliant people from diverse disciplines to tackle the unanswered questions in neuroscience.


Big Ideas in Neuroscience, Stanford Neurosciences Institute

Big Ideas in Neuroscience

We ask our faculty to come together and dream big. Big Ideas in Neuroscience grants pave the way for larger teams of researchers to tackle fundamental problems in neuroscience. After our first round of Big Ideas, three outstanding teams are receiving 5 years of funding to tackle addiction, brain rejuvenation and interfacing with the brain. Stay tuned for a second Big Ideas competition scheduled to begin in early 2018.

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Seed Grants

Seed Grants

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute awards seed grants to fund innovative, interdisciplinary research projects in the neurosciences.  We seek focused, intense collaborations between 2-3 faculty members piloting a novel idea.

Neuroscience:Translate, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute


The translational grant program has been established to support translational neuroscience research projects at the intersection of science, engineering and medicine. The goal of the program is to encourage research that addresses unmet needs and leads to improvements in brain health or neurosciences, and to create commercial products.

Research Accelerator, Stanford Neurosciences Institute

Research Accelerator Projects

Research accelerator projects are driven by interdisciplinary teams of faculty making advancements in specific areas of neuroscience research.

EPFL-Stanford Exchange Program

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Stanford University seek applicants for short-term international research exchanges funded by Firmenich.

Visiting Scholar Awards, Stanford Neurosciences Institute

Visiting Scholar Awards

Recognizing that scholars visiting on sabbatical are a key opportunity for collaboration, the Institute offers a Visiting Scholar Award.


Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards

Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards

The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards provide funding to extraordinary postdoctoral scientists at Stanford University engaging in highly interdisciplinary research in the neurosciences broadly defined. 

Vice Provost of Graduate Education, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships

Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships affiliated with Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute provide current graduate students, whose research interests are in the interdisciplinary neurosciences, with three years of funding support. The Institute plans to grow our Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships Program to a total of 30 fellows over time.

NeuroTechnology Graduate Training Program, Mind Brain Computation and Technology

NeuroTech Graduate Training Program

The new NeuroTech graduate training program immerses PhD students from technical departments into neuroscience. The trainees bringing emerging technologies to advance neuroscience discovery and human health.

Mind Brain Computation and Technology Graduate Training Program

Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology Graduate Training Program

The Center for Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology’s graduate training program believes that contemporary neuroscience research requires the integration of experimental and technical methods. We support young scientists from empirical, technical, or theoretical backgrounds as they stretch beyond their primary discipline to learn complimentary approaches from another field, advancing their research and developing them into leaders and innovators in neuroscience.

Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Opportunity (NeURO) Fellowships

The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute's Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Opportunity (NeURO) fellowship program immerses undergraduates into the world of neuroscience research. NeURO fellows will learn research skills, explore neuroscience topics and conduct summer neuroscience research in a Stanford lab.

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program

The Neurosciences Institute is one of the proud supporters of the Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program.  SIMR is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. 


Sammy Kuo Awards, Stanford Neurosciences Institute

Sammy Kuo Awards in Neuroscience

In memory of Sammy Kuo, these awards are presented to the graduate student and postdoc authors of the best neuroscience papers published each year.

Seminar Series, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Seminar Series

The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Seminar Series sponsors leading scientists from across the globe presenting topics spanning the neurosciences arena, including cutting edge imaging, neuro-engineering, computational approaches, theory, translational neuroscience, human neuroscience and basic neurobiology.

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, 2016 Symposium


The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute hosts an annual symposium to bring together researchers from a wide variety of disciplines and fields with a broad interest in neuroscience. Our speakers are world–renowned experts in basic science, translational neuroscience, human neuroscience and neuroscience policy.

Retreat, Stanford Neurosciences Institute


At our retreat, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute enhances the interconnectedness of our community while we share our latest scientific questions and discoveries.

Stanford Neurosciences Institute

Art of Neuroscience

Art of Neuroscience is a campus-wide competition celebrating the aesthetics of neuroscience research broadly defined. This competition is aimed at exploring the interconnection of neuroscience and art.


Neurons, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Neuroscience Community Labs

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and the School of Medicine together facilitate the efforts and productivity of a broad array of Neuroscientists by providing core facilities and services.  These staffed facilities allow researchers to access tools, techniques and expertise that would be costly or impractical to replicate in individual laboratories.  The Neuroscience Cores are supported in part by the NIH through a NINDS P30 Center Core Grant (Principal Investigator Gary Steinberg and Co-Principal Investigator Mehrdad Shamloo).