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Funding Overview

The Yale MRRC functions as a cost center for investigators from both the main campus and the medical school. The center's operating budget is completely financed through user fees, and the center supports over 60 different principal investigators from both within and outside the University.


The Yale MRRC provides opportunities to contribute to the mission through direct funding of resources, support of faculty, or support of general or specific research programs.

To explore opportunities to get involved, please contact the MRCC Directors:

Research Funding

Research in the MRRC is funded through a combination of private, industrial, and government supported programs. The MRRC generated a total of $2.406 million in direct costs associated with its faculty in 2008.

Training Funding

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) supports the Neuroimaging Sciences Training Program (NISTP) at Yale (grant #T32 DA022975). This training program provides interdisciplinary training in methodology and applications of neuroimaging in a two-year program. The program provides basic coursework to broaden the trainee's education and includes components designed to teach grant writing and associated administrative tasks that researchers must perform. Trainees elect a primary mentor and a secondary mentor from a list of methodologically oriented faculty and a list of faculty whose work is primarily applied. Areas of neuroimaging include radiotracer imaging and various types of magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. more...

Pilot Funding

Pilot Study Program for MR-Based Neuroscience Research in Small Animals

The NINDS-supported Quantitative Neuroscience with Magnetic Resonance (QNMR) Core Center at Yale (P30 NS052519; supports shared resources and facilities for animal-based research. It is used by NIH-funded investigators at Yale and nearby academic institutions to generate greater productivity than would be possible via independent efforts. The QNMR Core Center consists of three research cores, each dedicated to improving effectiveness of ongoing research using multi-modal MRI (Core 1), heteronuclear MRS (Core 2), and neurophysiology (Core 3). Core 4 is designed for rapid data analysis, access, sharing, and backup using high-performance workstations.

The QNMR pilot study program supports innovative, investigator-initiated basic neuroscience research utilizing any of the Cores. Small grants providing resources for each of the Cores, which include scanner time and staff support, may be awarded. The total award amount is dependent on the project. The QNMR pilot study program will support new research projects but will not supplement ongoing studies or provide bridge funding. Members of the Yale community, as well as nearby academic institutions, are eligible to apply. The primary review criteria will be scientific excellence and MR-based neuroscience research relevance. Priority will be given to projects from junior independent scientists and/or projects describing collaborations between two investigators.

Further information may be obtained by email from Fahmeed Hyder ( There are no deadlines.

Equipment Grants

Much of the equipment in the Yale MRRC is purchased through research resource funding. Recent grants supporting upgrades and/or purchases include an NIH Shared Instrument Grant (PI: Constable) $500, 000 to upgrade the Siemens 3T Trio to a 32 channel TIM system.