Young Investigator Award

The Brainbox Initiative Young Investigator Award aims to stimulate and reward the very best, most novel neuroscience research being carried out by early-career academics. We welcome applications from current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and encourage anyone who has undertaken notable research with non-invasive brain stimulation or imaging techniques to submit an entry for consideration.

The Prize

Each year, we award one successful applicant with:

  • A presentation slot to speak about their research at the Brainbox Initiative Conference in London  (including a travel and accommodation bursary);
  • A £500 cash prize;
  • Ongoing support and promotion of your research by the Brainbox Initiative;
  • The opportunity to work with the Brainbox Initiative as a Brainbox Ambassador as part of our workshop and webinar series.


In order to be eligible for the Young Investigator Award, applicants must:

  • Be currently-enrolled graduate students or postdoctoral fellows within five years of gaining their PhD (excluding parental leave), and should be primarily responsible for the research described in the application;
  • Agree to present their results/data at the Brainbox Initiative Conference;
  • Be first or second author on at least one peer-reviewed paper relevant to the field of non-invasive brain stimulation and/or imaging.

““The Young Investigator Award and the possibility to collaborate with the Brainbox Initiative in the future will play a very important role in leading my future research in brain stimulation and neuroimaging"”

Davide Folloni
Young Investigator Award Winner 2020


How to apply

All applications for the Young Investigator Award should clearly and concisely describe the applicant’s current research efforts, and should demonstrate direct relevance to the practical application of non-invasive brain stimulation and/or imaging techniques (TMS, tES, tFUS, EEG, fNIRS, MRI, etc.).

Applications should be submitted in PDF format. The main body of submitted applications should be no longer than one page, and should be clearly and concisely described. Additional information, such as references, citations, and appendices, may be included on one additional page.

All applications must also be supported by a letter confirming the applicant’s enrolment or postdoctoral status at the institution, alongside details of the applicant’s contribution to the research. This should be provided and signed by the applicant’s supervisor.


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Dr. Joshua Brown

Dr. Joshua Brown

Joshua C. Brown, MD, PhD, is a neuroscientist dually trained in psychiatry and neurology. He directs the Brain Stimulation Mechanisms Laboratory and serves as the Director of Research and Medical Director of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School. His research interests are focused on understanding the synaptic-level mechanisms of TMS and leveraging this knowledge to improve and eventually optimize its clinical effectiveness for indications of brain medicine.

Dr Syanah Wynn

Dr Syanah Wynn

After a bachelor’s in Psychology at Leiden University and a research master’s in Cognitive Neuropsychology at the VU Amsterdam, Syanah Wynn started her PhD at the Donders Institute. Here she did research on the role of the parietal cortex in memory confidence, using electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). Thereafter, she worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Bowdoin College where her work focused on the role of specific oscillations in brain networks underlying memory retrieval, utilizing EEG and tACS. Currently, she is a research fellow at the University of Birmingham, examining how the brain accomplishes rapid object recognition, using Magnetoencephalography (MEG).

Dr Daniel Corp

Dr Daniel Corp

Dr Daniel Corp is a neuroscientist at Deakin University, Australia. Daniel's research is focused on brain stimulation and neuroimaging in neurological disorders

Davide Folloni

Davide Folloni

Dr Davide Folloni of the University of Oxford is interested in understanding the architecture and functional dynamics of the neural circuits supporting learning and decision making. Its research uses a multi-modal approach to describe the anatomy, organization and neural activity of higher-order brain networks. 

Camilla Nord

Camilla Nord

Congratulations to Dr Camilla Nord of the University of Cambridge who has been selected by the Brainbox Initiative’s esteemed Scientific Committee as the winner of the 2019 Young Investigator Award for her exciting neuroscience research.

Maria Ironside

Maria Ironside

Maria Ironside, D.Phil, is a post-doctoral research fellow in affective neuroscience at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ironside completed her doctoral training in 2016 at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, under the supervision of Prof. Catherine Harmer and Dr. Jacinta O’Shea. As a graduate student she used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the effects of frontal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on vigilance to threat in trait anxious females, funded by the Medical Research Council of England. She is currently collaborating with clinical trials of tDCS for major depressive disorder (MDD) in Brazil to help establish cognitive neuropsychological biomarkers of treatment response.


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