It is estimated that 26 percent of Americans ages 18 and older, about one in four adults, suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year and many of these are difficult to treat and many mental illnesses go undiagnosed.
George J. Wile established the Local Initiative for Excellence (L.I.F.E.) Foundation in 2014 with a mission to support research to achieve better health outcomes for patients with brain and neurodegenerative disease. The L.I.F.E. Foundation provides research grants to support innovative research, to sustain productive research teams and to encourage and support investigators in the early part of their career.
All UC faculty with 80% or greater FTE, including those based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center,
as well as outside researchers in non-profit organizations with novel approaches, are eligible to apply for funding.
Proposals should focus on basic research to advance understanding of how the brain functions, and proposals exploring how COVID impacts basic brain function will also be considered. The L.I.F.E. Foundation plans to fund up to two grants of $100,000 each (to be awarded over two years $50,000 per year) for reimbursement of approved research expenditures.
Brain cancer research and clinical research will not be considered for funding.
Step One: All eligible applicants should submit a one page Letter of Intent (LOI) and Curriculum Vitae (CV) or recent NIH biographical sketch (if you have one) to the L.I.F.E. Foundation, 4200 Malsbary Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242, or email to Patty Brockman email@example.com by June 30, of each year. The LOI should describe the problem to be addressed, its significance, and the approach that will be used to answer the proposed scientific question.
Step Two: The L.I.F.E. Scientific Advisory Committee will invite up to six applicants to submit an application for funding based on scientific merit and the potential for developing a strong basic or translational research program. Applicants will be invited by July 30 each year. Invited applicants should submit a full application by August 31 of each year no later than 5:00 pm EST.