The Grass Foundation is a not-for-profit, private foundation chartered to assist in advancing knowledge principally in the field of neurophysiology, and including allied fields of medicine and science. In pursuit of that goal, the Foundation acts to encourage and advance education, research and clinical investigation in these fields. All grants and expenditures of The Grass Foundation must be for charitable purposes as defined by the Internal Revenue Code of the United States.
The only programs administered directly by The Grass Foundation are the new Henry Grass Rising Stars in Neuroscience Award, and the Grass Fellowship Program in neuroscience at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Foundation is accepting applications for the Grass Fellowship in 2021 for summer 2022. The Trustees plan to award between six and nine Fellowships during their January 2022 Midwinter meeting.
All other Foundation activities are supported via funds awarded to other not-for-profit organizations, who administer the relevant programs themselves. Organizations with whom The Grass Foundation currently partners include:
Marine Biological Laboratory
The Foundation supports various educational opportunities at the Marine Biological Laboratory. The two courses, NS&B and Neurobiology, can serve as important seguways for doctoral students who are not quite ready for the independence required for a Grass Fellowship. Both courses offer incredibly generous fianancial support, in part provided by the Grass Foundation. The deadline for application for either course (and many others!) is in late January/early February.
- Neural Systems and Behavior Course (NS&B). This course explores the nervous system from cells towards circuits and behavior. NS&B on Twitter and on Facebook
- Neurobiology Course. This course works from circuits and behavior down to individual molecules.
Society for Neuroscience
- Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience
- Ellen and Albert Grass Lecture
- Latin American Training Program (LAT)
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)
International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)
American Epilepsy Society (AES):
The Grass Foundation sponsors travel awards in collaboration with AES.
American Neurological Association (ANA)