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.

2017 Awards

Development of Synaptic and Activity Reporters For Human Neurons

This project will help researchers use human neurons to investigate neurobiological problems by developing a new set of tools for monitoring gene expression at synapses, the junctions between neurons.

Investigators: Sreeganga Chandra and In-Hyun Park

Illumination of Neural Circuit Deficits Resulting from Loss of hcASD Risk Genes and Identification of Pharmacological Treatments

The aim of this project is to understand how autism-linked genetic mutations alter neural circuits in the developing nervous system and to identify drug candidates to treat those circuit deficits.

Investigators: Ellen Hoffman and Michael Higley

Mapping Autism Regulatory Networks at Single-Cell Resolution in the Developing Cortex

This project will explore the role of one of the leading autism risk genes, CHD8, in the pathology of the disorder at the single-cell level.

Investigators: James Noonan and Smita Krishnaswamy

Recent Awards

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.

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)).