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Dissertation Grants

BIAA recognizes outstanding doctoral dissertations that contribute to our understanding of the chronicity and excess mortality of chronic brain injury, neurodegenerative processes associated with these injuries, or long-term consequences of childhood brain injury.

BIAA recognizes outstanding doctoral dissertations that contribute to our understanding of the chronicity and excess mortality of chronic brain injury, neurodegenerative processes associated with the injury, or long-term consequences of childhood injury. Nominated dissertations may use quantitative or qualitative analytic methods and may be based on original data collection or secondary data analysis.


A dissertation award may be granted to an individual or to his/her institution. If the award is made to the individual, a W-9 form is required and the individual is responsible for applicable income taxes. Only U.S. citizens are eligible.

Grant Amount

Dissertation grants are funded up to $5,000. Up to two awards are available annually. Grants may be issued to the applicant or his/her institution and may follow the applicant to a new institution if necessary. The allowable indirect cost rate is limited to 10 percent.

Application Requirements

BIAA uses cloud-based grants management software for all aspects of the application process, including materials submission, reviews, and communication with applicants. Dissertation award applicants are required to submit the following information through the online portal:

  1. Candidate contact information
  2. Dissertation title and abstract
  3. Complete dissertation proposal
  4. Contact information for thesis supervisor/advisor
  5. A recommendation letter written by the student’s advisor supporting the application and confirming that the applicant is a doctoral candidate in good standing.


May 15 – Submission Portal Open for Letters of Interest
June 30 – Letters of Interest Due
August 1 – Full Proposals Invited
September 15 – Invited Proposals Due
November 30 – Reviews Completed; Recommendations Submitted to BIAA Board for Approval
January 15 – Applicants Notified; Award Letters & Grant Agreements Sent

Questions & Answers

BIAA is unable to answer individual inquiries concerning its dissertation award program. Interested candidates may submit questions through the online portal. As appropriate, responses will appear here.

Budget for Dissertation Grants:

  • Indirect cost is not to exceed 10% of direct cost and to be included in the total amount requesting.
  • The total amount funded with direct and indirect costs combined shall not exceed $5,000.

Formatting Parts I-V of Application Section Titled Research Proposal PDF:
Maximum length of narrative is 6 pages, not including references, biosketch(s), budget and letters of support from advisors or mentors. Follow NIH guidance for page restrictions, as follows:

  • Font size: Must be 11 points or larger. Smaller text in figures, graphs, diagrams and charts is acceptable, as long as it is legible when the page is viewed at 100%.
  • Type density: Must be no more than 15 characters per linear inch (including characters and spaces).
  • Line spacing: Must be no more than six lines per vertical inch.
  • Text color: No restriction.
  • Use paper size no larger than standard letter paper size (8 ½” x 11”).
  • Provide at least one-half inch margins (½”) – top, bottom, left, and right – for all pages. No applicant-supplied information can appear in the margins.

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