Program Contacts

Julio J. Ramirez, Ph.D.
Director, SOMAS Program
R. Stuart Dickson Professor
Department of Psychology
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035-7017

Anne G. Porges
Program Coordinator
SOMAS Program
Box 7097
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035-7097

Eligibility Requirements

  • Junior faculty members (untenured/pre-tenure assistant professors, typically within 5 years of having completed Ph.D. and postdoctoral training) from predominately undergraduate institutions who are launching their careers in neuroscience are eligible to apply.

  • Preference will be given to URM faculty, to faculty from institutions serving women and minority groups, or to faculty who have identified URM students as research collaborators.

  • Predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs) are defined in terms of the nature of the institution, not solely on the basis of highest degree offered. For the purposes of the SOMAS grant program, four-year colleges, masters-level institutions, and smaller doctoral institutions are included. Contact the SOMAS Program Coordinator before making application if you have any questions regarding your institution’s eligibility. ALL prospective applicants from doctoral institutions should confirm their eligibility with the SOMAS Program Coordinator before making application to the program.

  • A faculty member will be eligible for only one SOMAS Award.

  • Only one proposal may be submitted per grant cycle.

  • Special consideration will be given to faculty members with little experience in grant-writing, who are just beginning their research programs, or who do not have access to extramural funding sources, such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or the National Science Foundation.


Funding Criteria


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