Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we have received over the years. If your answer is not listed below, feel free to email us at

Q: When can I apply for the One Mind Rising Star Awards:

A: The 2020 Rising Star Award application will be available on our website during the week of March 16, 2020. All applications are due on or before May 13, 2020.

Q: Where can I get more information about the One Mind Rising Star Awards program?

A: Please visit the Rising Star Award page on this website, linked here.

Q: How many Rising Star Awards are given out each year?

A: Historically, One Mind has awarded 2-3 Rising Star Awards each year. In 2020, we will provide at least two (2) Rising Star Awards, each for $300,000.

Q: Is this a global award that allows international applicants?

A: Yes, the Rising Star Award competition is open internationally.

Q: Is it required that the applicant be affiliated with an institution?

A: Yes, each applicant must be nominated by the Chair or Head of their academic institution, so the applicant must be affiliated with said academic institution.

Q: Is it mandatory that the applicant be within 10 years of their initial independent appointment?

A: Yes, this is mandatory. We define independent appointment as assistant professor or equivalent in a non-academic setting.  Post-docs are not eligible.

Q: Can multiple people apply as a group for one of the Rising Star Awards?

A: There must be a lead investigator/applicant for each Rising Star Award. Only one applicant/individual will be recognized per each award.

Q: How much money is awarded via each Rising Star Award:

A: For 2020, each Rising Star Award provides a $300,000 grant, distributed over a three-year period ($100,000 given each year).

Q: When will the first year of funding occur?

A: The first $100,000 payment will be distributed in December prior to the first year of funded research (ie: Dec 2020 payment distribution for research done from Jan 1-Dec 31, 2021).

Q: Are there any limitations to margins for the proposal? 

A: No, the font must be 11 pt., but margins are not restricted.

Q: Do my references need to be included within my 2-page application?

A: No. You may use one additional page beyond the two-page application limit to list your references.

Q: Is there a specific format for the Budget Summary?


Q: Should the Budget Summary be for the first year only or could it include year 2 and 3?

The first year’s budget must be included in the application. We would appreciate years 2 and 3 to be included, but it is not mandatory.

Q: Are indirect costs a part of the annual distribution of funds or are they external?

Indirect costs are limited to 10% of the annual grant funding. Any and all indirect costs are to be included within each of the three $100,000 payments (i.e.: $10,000 indirect costs + $90,000 = $100,000)

Q: Does the prepared budget have to be $100,000 per year or can it vary?

The yearly budgets can go over, but only $100,000 will be disbursed each year (for the 3-year total of $300,000).

Q: Should we submit only the biosketch of the applicant, or those of all investigators involved in the proposed research?

A: Only a biosketch of the lead applicant needs to be submitted.

Q: Do the awards allow for awardees to distribute funds to investigators at collaborating institutions, in either the form of a consultant or subcontractor agreement?

A: Yes, awardees can distribute a portion of their awarded funds to other collaborating investigators.

Q: Can the face sheet be signed electronically by the department chair?

A: Yes.

Q: Are there any restrictions on using the grant money to buy equipment for the proposed research? 

A: There are no restrictions on using the grant money to purchase equipment. For example, it is possible to use the money to: pay for MRI scans, pay subject reimbursement, use it for salary of staff, research assistants, and/or the PI.

Q: Can awards cover awardee salaries?

A: Yes

Q: Would a pilot clinical trial be acceptable for any of the awards?

A: Yes, pilot clinical trials are within scope of this award. Feel free to email just to be sure.  

Q: Is the brief description about how data will be made available to the broader research community a part of the two page proposal as well? 

A: Yes, it can just be one or two sentences.

Q: Will any of the corporations or third party entities who are sponsoring the Rising Star Awards be a party to the agreement and receive data and/or results? 

A: No. The Rising Star Awards agreement is between One Mind and the winner/winner’s institution. The awardees are required to provide annual progress reports outlining results, which are reviewed by the One Mind SAB and staff and then summarized and posted on our website. This summarized information will be accessible to the public which the sponsors may see. The sponsor names will, however, always be referenced in the name of the respective award, ie: “One Mind – Janssen Rising Star Award”.

Q:  If awards do not cover the full cost of proposed research, would it be acceptable for the awardee to supplement the award with additional funding?

A: Yes, but the applicant must clarify whether the funding is in hand, or if not currently funded, how the project will manage to be successful without the additional resources. Please email us at if you have any questions on this.

Q: Are applicants allowed to submit an RFA more than once?

A: Each applicant is only allowed to submit one application each year, but if not selected, they may apply again in future years.

Q: Can more than one application from an individual institution apply for the award?

A: Yes

Q: Can I get feedback on my previous application?

A: To be fair to all the applicants of the many awards, the Review Board does not provide feedback to any applicants.