Committee for Aid and Education In Neurochemistry (CAEN) Grants: Category 1 - Research

International Society for Neurochemistry

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 30, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 31, 2020, Dec 31, 2020

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty PhD Student

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Location of citizenship: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Argentina Show all

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 8 years of receiving their PhD

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NOTE: CAEN 1B, 1C and 1D are OPEN for application. Due to the travel restrictions and health implications imposed by the current Covid-19 situation ISN is temporarily not accepting applications for CAEN 1A or CAEN Category 2 grants.

The International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) is is a nonprofit membership organization and the only international society focused on neurochemtistry. With a proud history dating back to its establishment in 1965, ISN strives to promote all relevant aspects of molecular and cellular neuroscience.

The ISN CAEN pursues several initiatives intended to stimulate neurochemical research in economically deprived and developing countries.

CAEN provides funds towards travelling to another laboratory to develop new technical or conceptual expertise, purchasing research supplies, attending workshops/training courses/satellite meetings or organizing a workshop/small school.
Financial support from the CAEN schemes are typically given to scientists in the early stages of their careers (postdoctoral young investigators within 8 years of completing their PhD and Ph.D. students at the mid to final stages of their studies) who reside in countries with limited financial support for research in Neurochemistry (defined broadly as molecular and cellular neurobiology).

Category 1: Research

1A. Visit by the Applicant to Another Laboratory

Provides funds (up to $4,000 US dollars) to allow the applicant to develop new technical or conceptual expertise for implementation in the applicant's research program (and possibly their home institute's) upon return to the home institution. 

1B. Research Supplies for use in the Applicant's home Laboratory 

Provides funds (up to $5,000 US dollars) that are primarily intended for independent, early career investigators, to purchase research supplies for a specified project. 

1C: Return Home Grant

Provides funds (up to $10,000 US dollars) to early career researchers who are moving from a postdoctoral position in a developed country to an eligible country, to undertake research in Neurochemistry.

1D: Career Interruption, Re-entry, Grant

provides funds (up to $10,000 US dollars) to support the return to an active research career of high quality researchers, working in the field of neurochemistry, who have experienced significant career interruptions as a result of childbirth, career responsibilities or a major illness.

This is a highly competitive scheme and applicants must demonstrate an excellent track record in neurochemistry research, and that they were a productive and internationally competitive researcher prior to the career interruption. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • All categories:
    • Applications MUST be from individuals and not organisations
    • Activities for which support is requested should be undertaken in the 4 months immediately following the relevant deadlines
    • Applicants must be early stage career researchers or Ph.D. students 
      • Early stage career researchers are typically viewed as scientists who are within 8 years of completing their PhD.
    • Applicants for CAEN funding MUST be active members of the ISN.
  • 1A. Visit by the Applicant to Another Laboratory
    • Support may be applied to travel, accommodation and insurance.
    • It is expected that funds for laboratory expenses will be provided by the host laboratory.
    • This category is primarily intended for Ph.D. students (typically in the mid to latter part of their candidature) and early career researchers.
  • 1C Return Home Grants:
    • The applicant are expected to be towards the end of a postdoctoral fellowship in a developed country and moving to an eligible country. 
    • At the time of application, candidates are not required to have a commitment of a position and laboratory space but they need to have a support from the Departmental Chair where they would be initiating their activities.
    • The applicant must be a current member of the ISN or be in the process of becoming one at the time of application.
  • 1D: Career Interruption, Re-entry, Grant

      • The funds can be used for research supplies, and/or salary support for the researcher or a staff/student member of their group.
      • The career interruption would generally be of the order of approximately 12 months or longer, although other timeframes of interruption will be considered (i.e. regular interruptions over a number of years).
      • Applicants need to demonstrate how the career interruption impacted upon their research (i.e. loss of funding, loss of position/lab members, significant decrease in productivity, etc). 
      • Applicants must be a current ISN member, and have been an ISN member prior to the career interruption.

    You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Applicants for CAEN funding MUST be active members of the ISN. Only CAEN awardees who are current with their membership dues are eligible to receive the financial support.


    • Applicants from  countries listed here are ineligible to apply. 
    • 1B. Research Supplies for use in the Applicant's home Laboratory 
      • PhD students are NOT eligible for this category. 
      • The funds CANNOT be spent on travel or conference related expenses.
    • 1C: Return Home Grant: 
      • Important: applicants who have already returned to their return home country are ineligible to apply. 
      • However, they can return home between submitting the application form and receiving the grant funds. (Note: If you have already returned home then you are eligible for the CAEN Category 1B grants which offer a source of funds for research supplies up to $5,000 US dollars.)