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Research Grants Program

The Brain Injury Association of America established its research grant program in 2019 with an overall goal of finding cures for brain injury.

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) established its research grant program in 2019 with a generous bequest from the estate of Linda Redmann and an allocation from the Association’s reserves. Donations from the public supplement the fund. The theme of BIAA’s grant program and its overall goal is “finding cures for brain injury.” The program is grounded in the understanding that, for some people, brain injury evolves into a chronic health condition that can cause or accelerate multiple diseases.


BIAA’s research priorities for the 2019 and 2020 competitions were as follows:

  1. Chronic brain injury (CBI) can cause neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Chronic Traumatic Encephalitis and possibly Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s Disease. Typically there is a marked delay from injury to disease onset. What neurological processes are triggered by CBI that cause these diseases and how can the progression from injury to neurological disease be halted?
  2. Childhood traumatic brain injury (TBI), even when mild, is associated with adult problems of behavioral regulation, such as addiction, criminal behavior, and socially inappropriate behavior. Is this relationship causal or does TBI mediate other bio/psycho/social processes? What factors create the risk of adult consequences from childhood TBI and how can that risk be diminished?
  3. Moderate and severe brain injury reduces life expectancy by 9 years. Even after living to one year post-injury, persons with this severity of injury are 50 percent more likely to die than age, sex and race/ethnicity matched members of the general population. Causes of death involve all organ systems, not just those associated with behavioral or neurological pathology. What biological processes are responsible for this excess mortality and how can these relationships be ameliorated?

Available Funding

The Association offers two types of funding: Dissertation Grants, funded up to $5,000, and Seed Grants, funded up to $25,000. There are two categories of seed grants: Young Investigator Grants that support the preparation of new investigations and Brain Injury Scholar Grants that support testing new hypotheses using existing data. Please click on the appropriate tab above for detailed information.

In 2020, gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations, and community-based special fundraising events helped grow the program. BIAA wishes to recognize Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, and Dr. Lance and Laura Trexler of Indianapolis for making annual commitments to fund a seed grant and dissertation grant, respectively. To support the Brain Injury Research Fund, click here.

Funding Calendar

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

Click here to access the application portal.

Review Process

The BIAA Research Committee oversees the review process using National Institutes of Health review criteria. Subject matter expertise is drawn from leading researchers in the field, including members of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation Editorial Board. The Research Committee recommendations are submitted to the BIAA Board of Directors for final approval.

The Brain Injury Association of America does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, or age.

Research Committee Members

John Corrigan, Ph.D., Ohio State University (Chair)
Lisa Brenner, Ph.D., VA/Rocky Mountain MIRECC, University of Colorado
Susan Connors, Brain Injury Association of America 
Wayne Gordon, Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Jasmeet Hayes, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Brent Masel, M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch 
Stacy Suskauer, M.D., Kennedy Kreiger Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Michael Whalen, M.D., Harvard/Mass General
Zachary Weil, Ph.D., West Virginia University

Award recipients and grantees agree to cooperate with BIAA in promoting the Association’s research grant program as described in the notice of award.

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