Funding Areas

Understanding Dynamic & Multi-scale Systems

Legacy Program:  Understanding Human Cognition

The long-standing interest of the James S. McDonnell Foundation on human mind/brain is reflected in changes made to the 2008 RFA, including the explicit emphasis on understanding human cognition. The program is intended to help investigators pursue experiments designed to answer well-articulated questions.



Grants Available in this Program Area


Teachers as Learners

Status: Inacctive (Legacy Program)
(Last deadline to apply was  May 8, 2019)

Amount: $2,500,000 
Duration: 5 years
Application Process:  Request for Pre-proposals

Opportunity Award

Status: Inactive (Legacy Program)
(Last deadline to apply was April 1, 2022)

Amount: $250,000 
Duration: 2-4 years
Application Process:  Request for Applications


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The James S. McDonnell Foundation
1034 S. Brentwood Blvd., Ste 1850
Saint Louis, MO 63117
Phone: 314-721-1532