Whitehall Foundation Grant Programs

The Whitehall Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $225,000

Next deadline: Jan 15, 2020 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Feb 15, 2020 2:00pm PST (Full proposal), Apr 15, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Jun 1, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Sep 1, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Oct 1, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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The Whitehall Foundation, through its program of grants and grants-in-aid, assists scholarly research in the life sciences. It is the Foundation's policy to assist those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by Federal Agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. In order to respond to the changing environment, the Whitehall Foundation periodically reassesses the need for financial support by the various fields of biological research.

The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology, defined as follows:

  • Invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, specifically investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.

Research Grants

Research grants are available to established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the United States. Applications will be judged on the scientific merit and the innovative aspects of the proposal as well as on the competence of the applicant. Research grants of up to three years will be provided. A renewal grant with a maximum of two years is possible, but it will be awarded on a competitive basis. 

Research grants normally range from $30,000 to $75,000 per year.


The Grants-in-Aid program is designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists. All applications will be judged on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of the proposal, as well as on past performance and evidence of the applicant’s continued productivity.

Grants-in-Aid are awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000.

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


  • The applicant must meet all three of the following eligibility requirements in order to participate in the application process:
    • Appropriate title - must be an Assistant Professor (or higher).
      • If the institution does not use this title, a letter from the department chair confirming the applicant’s eligibility is required.
    • Status - must hold Principal Investigator status.
    • Independent - must be considered an “independent investigator” with his/her own dedicated lab space or with lab space independent of another investigator.
  • The applicant need not be in a tenure track position.
  • A minimum time allocation of 20% is required.
  • Funding uses: 
    • Salary support for post-doctoral and graduate students, technicians and undergraduates in work study programs. 
    • Personnel Benefits may not exceed 25% of the salary for full and part time employees.
    • The purchase of permanent scientific equipment is limited to $30,000 ($15,000 for Grants-in-Aid) and it should remain with the researcher during the life of the grant.
    • Materials and supplies required to accomplish the project are funded while office supplies are not.
    • Travel may be funded if it is required for research purposes, with foreign travel usually excluded.
    • Publication costs will normally be funded if directly related to papers on the project which have been submitted to recognized journals.
    • Overhead or Indirect expense is limited to no more than 25% of equipment and research supplies.


  • The Foundation emphasizes the support of young scientists at the beginning of their careers and productive senior scientists who wish to move into new fields of interest.
  • The chief criteria for support are the quality and creativity of the research as well as the commitment of the Principal Investigator.


  • The Foundation does not support research focused primarily on disease(s) unless it will also provide insights into normal functioning.
  • Research grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose.
    • While it is difficult to assign a specific dollar amount to this policy and each case is unique, the Foundation currently defines "substantial" as approximately $200,000 per year (including both direct and indirect expense but excluding the Principal Investigator's salary).
  • Funding cannot be used for: 
    • Salary of the principal investigator.
    • Construction projects or laboratory renovations.
    • Secretarial or other office expense.
    • Travel to conferences or meetings.
    • Tuition and/or fellowships.