BIRC Early Start Grant Program

The Early Start program provides up to 24 hours of scanning time following the submission of an external grant, thus allowing PIs to begin their research while their proposals are under review and, if their proposals are not funded, providing them with pilot data to strengthen resubmissions.   An Early Start award will end when the PI receives notice-of-award of the external grant or one year after approval of the Early Start proposal, whichever comes first. Applications will be accepted at any time.  For more information on the Early Start program, please contact Inge-Marie.Eigsti@uconn.edu.

Seed Grant Proposal Deadline August 28

The next deadline for Seed Grant proposals is August 28, 2017.

The Seed Grant Program is intended for both experienced MRI users seeking pilot data and researchers with little or no MRI experience seeking to establish a track record of MRI research.

More information about Seed Grants is available on the Seed Grants page.

Change in leadership at BIRC

After serving as Director since BIRC’s inception, Jay Rueckl will taking a well-earned sabbatical leave.  Inge-Marie Eigsti will step in as Acting Director of BIRC.  Dr. Eigsti’s imaging research centers on neural circuitry underlying the processing of language and special interests in autism spectrum disorder (see a recent article  here).

Appointment of Dr. Roeland Hancock

The BIRC pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Roeland Hancock as Associate Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center. Roeland received a PhD in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Since 2013, he has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco working with Fumiko Hoeft, an innovative leader in MRI research. Roeland has expertise in functional, structural and spectroscopic magnetic resonance imaging, as well software development, project management, and magneto/electroencephalography.

Roeland’s research interests concern the neurobiological factors underlying individual variability in language processing and the application of new mathematical and computational techniques to understanding these processes. His most recent work has focused on the effects of neurochemistry on the neural dynamics of speech and auditory processing.
Roeland’s appointment will begin on June 23.

MRI Seed Grants

The BIRC is pleased to announce the availability of a Seed Grant program.  Seed Grants are intended to support external grant applications by demonstrating the feasibility of an experimental protocol, developing the scientific and technical expertise of the investigators, providing evidence of successful collaboration, and generating publications in peer-reviewed journals. The Seed Grant Program is intended for both experienced MRI users seeking pilot data and researchers with little or no MRI experience seeking to establish a track record of MRI research.

More information about Seed Grants is available on the Seed Grants page.