Research Funding Initiatives

Postdoctoral Fellowships

KIN Postdoctoral Fellowships were established to enable scientists within three years of earning a PhD the opportunity to pursue new and innovative research at the boundaries between neuroscience and other disciplines, such as engineering, physics, chemistry and bioinformatics.

2019 Award

Using hibernation to understand the mechanism of touch detection by sensory neurons

Investigator:    Wang Zheng

Mentors:     Sviatoslav Bagriantsev (Cellular & Molecular Physiology) and Elena O. Gracheva (Cellular & Molecular Physiology and Neuroscience)

Innovative Research Awards

Since its launch in 2004, the Kavli Institute for Neuroscience has provided seed grants to Yale investigators to support early-stage, innovative brain research projects that are related to the Institute's goals. Through these grants, the Institute aims to catalyze interdisciplinary collaborations between small groups of investigators aiming to test bold, new ideas. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by the Institute’s Steering Committee members. Learn more about our investigators and their research on our Members page.

2019 Awards

Dynamics of membrane tension and synaptic vesicle recycling

Investigators:    Erdem Karatekin (Cellular & Molecular Physiology and Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry),  Benjamin Machta (Physics), and David Zenisek (Cellular & Molecular Physiology, and Ophthalmology, and Neuroscience)


A paradigm shift in the study of complex social cognition

Investigators:    Anirvan Nandy (Neuroscience), Monika Jadi (Psychiatry and Neuroscience), and Steve Chang (Psychology and Neuroscience)


From connectome to transcriptome: developing a high-throughput Single-Neuron transcriptome Analysis based on Projections (SNAP-seq)

Investigators:    Rui Chang (Cellular & Molecular Physiology and Neuroscience) and Le Zhang (Neurology)


Understanding Self-Deception

Investigators:    Phillip Corlett (Psychiatry), Zoe Chance (Marketing), and Nick Turk-Browne (Psychology)

Past Innovative Research Awards

Kavli Fellows Education Fund

KIN is helping to train the next generation of researchers by supporting a select group of graduate students enrolled in Yale’s Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (or Combined Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS)).