Relevance 2050 Grant Award Request for Applications


The Relevance 2050 Committee of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) is pleased to announce a request for proposals to be considered competitively for funding available through a one-time AACN grant award.  A single one-year grant of up to $10,000 is available for an innovative project that supports the mission of the Relevance 2050 Committee. By the year 2050, 60% of the American population will not be testable with our current neuropsychological toolkit of instruments normed primarily on mono-linguistic/mono-cultural English-speaking European American populations. The Relevance Committee seeks to help maintain the relevance of clinical neuropsychology as a healthcare specialty in this rapidly diversifying landscape. The primary goal of this award is to facilitate the development of an interactive platform for multi-cultural/multi-linguistic norms for open access cognitive tests.


Candidates must:

  • Be a current active, affiliate, or student member of AACN.
  • Develop a project that is innovative, feasible, and has demonstrable potential to meet the need of providing multi-cultural/multi-linguistic norms.
  • Commit to presenting the awarded project at the annual AACN meeting within two calendar years of the award date.


  • Completed application face page.
  • Brief abstract (max. 400 words) of the proposed project.
  • Detailed project plan, not to exceed four pages, including (as applicable) specific aims, background, significance, innovation, design, methods, project timeline, and bibliography.
  • Copy of current CV OR NIH Biosketch for PI
  • Detailed budget


In addition to assessing whether the applicant met the eligibility requirements listed above, each proposal will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Significance – does the project meet the need of providing an interactive platform of normative data where clinicians from around the country and internationally can both contribute to and access a broad base of cultural/ linguistic/age/education norms for a common set of neuropsychological measures?
  • Qualifications of Applicant(s)/Group – does the applicant(s)/group have the appropriate experience and training to lead the project?
  • Innovation – does the project challenge or seek to shift current research/clinical paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, methodologies, or instrumentations?
  • Approach – is the project feasible? Are the overall strategies, methodology, and analytic plans well-reasoned and appropriate? Are potential problems and alternative strategies presented?
  • Budget – is the budget appropriate to the proposed study?


  • Deadline for Receipt of Applications: 11:59 PM (Eastern Time), December 1, 2017.
  • Anticipated Notice of Award:  January 10, 2017.
  • Award Duration: January 10, 2018 – December 30, 2018.


  • All application materials, including supporting letters, must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file.  See contact information below and in accompanying Application Form.
  • Only one proposal per applicant will be considered.
  • Any scientific or fiscal overlap with other projects should be clearly delineated in the budget and associated budget justification.
  • Each grant will be reviewed by 2-3 individuals (none of whom are current AACN Board of Directors members) who will evaluate the application using the criteria outlined above.
  • The grant review panel may elect not to fund any application should no meritorious proposal be received.
  • Indirect costs are not allowed. Prior to submitting an application, applicants should contact their institution’s Grants Management Office to verify that this stipulation will be observed.
  • Award recipients will be expected to submit a semi-annual progress report summarizing the study’s progress and accounting for the use of funds.
  • Projects not completed by the term date of the award may request, in writing, a no-cost extension.

Click here to download application materials. For further information, please contact:

Orlando Sánchez, PhD
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
1 Veterans Drive (2G-124)
Minneapolis, MN  55417
P:  612-629-7406