NCS Research Training Fellowship Grant


The Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) is pleased to announce a training fellowship for physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, scientists, and others involved with neurocritical care. This program addresses the increasing need for early research career support in neurocritical care. The direct goal of this program is to foster initial support to individuals with high potential to become independent researchers. Specific goals of this funding mechanism pertain the development of mentorship ties, protection of research time, the pursuit of research training, and generation of preliminary data necessary to apply for subsequent scientist development training grants. Projects with a clinical or translational research focus are welcomed. The present award supports research efforts throughout a 12-month period, which will allow effective competition for subsequent training opportunities. It is expected that at the end of the award, the trainee will be in the process of submitting applications for national, peer-reviewed funding mechanisms to continue the research and research training.

 NCS is committed to foster clinical, translational, and outcomes research focused on developing innovative and cost-effective interventions for acute neurological disorders. Although research topics pertaining acute central nervous system (CNS) injuries or general critical care will be considered, special weight will be given to projects involving neurological critical illness.

The application period for 2020 has ended. Letters of Intent for 2021 funding will open in February 2021. 

Requirements & Eligibility


  1. One or several identified mentors who is (are) an established investigator with independent funding.
  2. Protected research time by the applicant’s department of at least 75%. This translates to no more than 10 weeks/year of clinical time, regardless of where this clinical time is spent.
  3. Career training/development program with specific goals (e.g. course work, non-course work).
  4. A research project that can be completed within the award year, or a clear plan/commitment outlined aimed at completion of the project post the award year.
  5. Clear evidence of institutional/departmental chair support to protect the applicant’s 75% research time (no more than 10 weeks/year clinical time) and cover the salary gap and potential additional research costs.


  1. Clinical and translational research projects focused on mechanisms of disease, diagnosis, treatment, or prognosis in neurocritical care illnesses will be considered. Research approaches might involve epidemiologic or behavioral studies, clinical trials, technology development, health services and outcomes research.
  2. The applicant must be an active NCS member in good standing (regardless of nationality), be within 5 years of completion of terminal degree or clinical training, and be interested in becoming an independent researcher. The award is open to all investigators (physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, PhD researchers, etc.).


A maximum of $70,000 (direct) plus 10% indirect cost (total $77,000) will be awarded to one applicant for one post-graduate year. Although in-training applicants may apply, the award will not be granted during training years (i.e., NCC fellowship, NP school, PharmD residency, etc.). The award can be allocated to partial salary support, research cost or similar expenses. It is expected that the sponsoring institution offers 75% protected time and additional research/salary support to ensure the completion of the proposed project. Additional awards from other sources are permissible, except NIH K-awards. The award cannot be used to support clinical fellowship, graduate school or residency training. Funding initiation is flexible to begin from October 1, 2020 – April 1, 2021 depending on the applicant’s situation.

Application & Evaluation Procedure

The applicants are required to submit a two (2) page letter of intent (LOI) by March 1, 2020

The letter should include:

    1. A description of the applicant’s goals for a research career and their qualifications for conducting the proposed research.
    2. A concise description of the project design, specific aims, hypothesis, and a strategy for completing the proposed project.
    3. Identification of one or several mentor(s) and his/her qualification in the area of the proposed research topic.
    4. A description of how the mentor’s expertise will tie into the project should be included if the mentor’s area of research is not directly in line with the proposed project. Mentors can be located at any institution as along as a clear mentorship/communication plan is outlined.
    5. A strategy for using the opportunity for transitioning to other grant opportunities. One major goal of this award is to provide protected time to gather preliminary data for a career development grant (such as NIH K-award or similar).
    6. A letter of support (1 page) from the applicant’s mentor(s) expressing details of the planned mentorship (see above).
    7. A letter of support (1 page) from the applicant’s department chair expressing support for the terms of fellowship (see above).

Evaluation and Selection

The submitted LOIs will be reviewed by the Grants Review Subcommittee who will select applicants who will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Past Awardees


David Hwang

Understanding Priorities of Surrogates for Intracerebral Hemorrhage Patients with Uncertain Prognosis


Edilberto Amorim

Unraveling the dynamic neural networks of coma recovery in hypoxic-ischemic brain injury


Guido Falcone

A cloud computing-based, fully automated imaging pipeline to evaluate perihematomal edema in intracerebral hemorrhage


Matthew Kirschen

Detection of neurologic decline using a new bedside clinical neurologic assessment tool: Serial Neurologic Assessment in Pediatrics (SNAP-ICU)


Zachary Threlkeld

Functional Connectome Analysis in Severe TBI

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