Open call for Proposals

SPARK NS

Advancing Promising Academic Discoveries in Neuroscience

SPARK NS offers two-year, immersive translational research programs focused on specific diseases and disorders for academic principal investigators (PIs) with promising neuroscience discoveries. The programs provide milestone-based funding, education, mentorship, and business networking opportunities built on a proven model for collaboration between academic researchers and industry experts developed and refined at Stanford University Medical School since 2006. Every aspect of a SPARK NS program is designed to close gaps in knowledge and know-how and eliminate barriers that slow or prevent promising discoveries from directly benefiting patients.

Programs

The SPARK NS Parkinson’s Disease Translational Research Program

In the fall of 2023, academic research projects were selected to participate in our first SPARK NS translational research program for Parkinson’s disease. Over the course of the two-year program, projects will receive up to $2,000,000 in project support, including discretionary funding of up to $50,000 per year for project PIs.

Call for Proposals

New Call for Proposals Coming March 2024

A Call for Proposals for our second Parkinson’s disease program will be issued in March 2024. PIs in the U.S., Canada, and Europe with projects at any stage of development between a validated target and entry into clinical trials are eligible to apply. If you’d like to be informed of the availability of this Call for Proposals, sign up below.

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Call for
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The Call for Proposals provides detailed information about the process and timeline for applying to the Program.
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Application
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The Application Guidelines offers additional information on applying to the Program, including how applications will be evaluated.
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Program
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The Program Description and Expectations includes comprehensive information on the Program and what is expected of applicants if selected.
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Background Reading

For background information on the discovery and development of therapeutics, applicants are encouraged to consult A Practical Guide to Drug Development in Academia when drafting their proposals. A new edition of the book will be available in October 2023. Pre-order the book here.

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Application Template

Applicants should use the Microsoft Word Application Template for their proposals to ensure that their application meets the formatting requirements.

Application Portal

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Application Timeline:  9.1.23 - Call For Proposal released.  10.6.23 - Application Portal opens.  11.10.23 - Applications due.  11.27.23 - Finalists notified.  12.14.23-12.15.23 - Finalists present.  12.22.23 - Awardees notified.
About SPARK NS
Founded in 2023, SPARK NS is an independent non-profit translational research organization dedicated to efficiently advancing promising neuroscience discoveries from the lab to the clinic.

SPARK NS offers disease-specific 2-year translational research programs that provide funding, education, mentorship, and networking opportunities to academic principal investigators (PIs) with promising therapeutic discoveries. The programs are designed to close gaps in knowledge and know-how and eliminate barriers that slow or prevent promising discoveries from directly benefiting patients. SPARK NS programs operate on a proven model for collaboration between academic researchers and industry experts developed and refined at Stanford University School of Medicine since 2006.

Academic PIs with projects at any stage of development between target identification and entry into clinical trials are eligible to apply to SPARK NS programs. As an independent organization not affiliated with any academic institution, SPARK NS will select the most promising projects that emerge from the global neuroscience research community. SPARK NS currently focuses on Parkinson’s disease, with plans to expand to bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorder.
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The Team

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Stephen Kargotich

Executive Director
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Opher Kornfeld

Director, Translational Research & Development
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Marisol Urbano

Director of Programs
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Adriana Garcia

Education Manager
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Charlene Chabata

Project Manager
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Monet Jimenez

Education Curriculum and Content Developer
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Jeyanthi Ramasubbu

Senior Project Manager
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Susan A Thomas

Communications Director
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Daria Mochly-Rosen

Advisor
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Kevin Grimes

Advisor
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