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Big Ideas in Neuroscience

Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Big Ideas

Cross-disciplinary teams transforming our understanding of the brain

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Big Ideas are the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute's flagship research projects. Our goal is to incentivize cross-disciplinary teams working on important neuroscience and to keep the Big Ideas program alive and evolving.

The Institute currently funds five phase 2 Big Ideas initiatives, which were selected after rigorous review of eleven, two-year phase 1 pilot projects. These outstanding teams receive enhanced funding support for up to five years. Each initiative represents a big idea that could have a large impact on how we understand the brain, is driven by a highly interdisciplinary team, and has demonstrated success and progress in phase 1.

Applying for Big Ideas Grants

Applications are now closed for Letters of Intent for the second round of Big Ideas. 

Letter of Intent requirements

Big Ideas Award Announcements

Round 2, Phase 2 - Two Funded Projects

Jun 1, 2021 - Toolmakers aim to untangle fundamental challenges in neuroscience

Round 2, Phase 1 - Four Funded Projects

SEP 26, 2018 - Stanford Neurosciences Institute announces the second round of Big Ideas

Round 1, Phase 2 - Three Funded Projects

Feb 8, 2017 - Stanford neuroscientists take their Big Ideas on decision-making, neurotechnology and brain rejuvenation to the next level

Round 1, Phase 1 - Seven Funded Projects

Oct 2, 2014 - Public policies for addiction, smarter prosthetics and stroke among the Big Ideas tackled by Stanford neuroscientists