American Brain Foundation Partnership

Thank you for your interest in the Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Tourette Syndrome. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 grant cycle. Please check back in the autumn for more information about the 2022 grant cycle.

Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Tourette Syndrome

Funded by the Tourette Association of America and American Brain Foundation In collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology

Full Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2021

This award aims to recognize the importance of good clinical research and to encourage young investigators in clinical studies related to Tourette Syndrome.

The award will consist of a commitment of $65,000 per year for two years, plus a $10,000 per year stipend to support education and research-related costs for a total of $150,000. Supplementation of the award with other grants is permissible, but to be eligible to apply for this award, the other grant source(s) cannot exceed  $75,000 annually.

1. Visit the Research, Grants & Fellowships Pre-Proposal form.
2. Select “Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Tourette Syndrome”
3. Follow instructions on how to apply

Please only submit one application – applicants are allowed to submit applications for more than one award to the TAA. Your application may be considered for another category at the discretion of the review committee, however, the online portal will only allow one application per person.


December 11, 2020: Pre-proposal deadline – For preliminary screening, a pre-proposal briefly describing the scientific basis and relevance of the proposed project is required. Pre-proposal application forms can be submitted via the TAA website starting in July of each year.

February 1, 2020:  Full proposal deadline – Applicants invited to submit a full research grant proposal will be provided with instructions for downloading application forms and uploading the completed forms to our website.


  1. For the purpose of this scholarship, research is defined as “patient-oriented research conducted with human subjects, or translational research specifically designed to develop treatments or enhance diagnosis of neurologic disease. These areas of research include epidemiologic or behavioral studies, clinical trials, studies of disease mechanisms, the development of new technologies, and health services and outcomes research.” Disease-related studies not directly involving humans or human tissue are also encouraged if the primary goal is the development of therapies, diagnostic tests, or other tools to prevent or mitigate neurological diseases.
  2. Recipient must be either an active American Academy of Neurology (AAN) member or willing to join AAN if awarded funding and interested in an academic career in tic-related research. MDs who have completed residency or PhDs who received their degree no more than 5 years prior to the beginning of this award (July 1, 2021) are eligible to apply. If you have completed both residency and a PhD, your eligibility is based on when you completed residency. If you completed a fellowship of any kind after residency, your eligibility is still based on the date you finished residency. Individuals who have completed a neurology, psychiatry, or other post- doctoral fellowship or residency with relevance to Tourette Syndrome are eligible to apply.
  3. Applications from minorities and groups under-represented in biomedical sciences are encouraged.


Applications are evaluated by reviewers based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s ability and promise as a research scientist based on prior record of achievement and career plan, letters of reference, and NIH Biosketch (30 percent)
  • Quality and nature of the training to be provided and the institutional, departmental, and mentor-specific training environment (30 percent)
  • Quality and originality of the research plan (40 percent)


Research and Medical Programs

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