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Our 2018 Grant Deadline has passed. Grants will be awarded in Spring 2018.

Micro-Grants Available in 2019

In 2019, Be Brave For Life will once again offer one-year micro-grants of up to $20,000. We aim to provide seed funding for high-risk, high-impact research that has the potential to change current diagnostic or treatment paradigms for adults and children living with a benign brain tumor or cerebrovascular disease. In particular, we are very interested in research that provides better treatment options for patients with cavernous malformation, a form of cerebrovascular disease that currently has no pharmacological options. Our grants may be used for research pilot projects or to bridge a gap between grants received from other entities, such as the National Institute of Health (NIH) or international funding agencies.

We give special consideration to grants that foster and improve collaboration within the benign brain tumor and cerebrovascular disease community.

Applications Due June 30, 2019

The Be Brave For Life Micro-Grant Program will require a letter of intent (LOI). Where applicable, submission of discovery-driven science and proof-of-concept studies is encouraged, particularly for concepts with little or no history of previous funding.

To apply for this grant, please submit a LOI of no more than 3 pages that includes the following:

Project description

  • Goals and success metrics
  • Impact – How will the completion of your project affect the benign brain tumor and cerebrovascular disease patient community?
  • Needs statement & budget — Please provide a detailed explanation of how the money will be used.
  • Personnel — Who will be managing this project and what are their credentials?
  • Timeline – All projects must be completed within a year of receipt of funds.
  • Publicity and community outreach – Projects that show evidence of publicity or community outreach such as a newspaper article, table at a community event or other efforts to promote their work will receive priority.
  • In addition, please explain how you will acknowledge this gift from Be Brave and share it with the community.


Awards will include up to $20,000 for benign brain tumor and cerebrovascular disease laboratory research (personnel, equipment, animals, reagents, etc.). Investigator percent efforts are not required. The Be Brave For Life Micro-grant Program does not support Facilities & Administration and/or institutional overhead costs. Funds will be received as a one-time payment. A 1-page report will be required within 12 months of fund disbursement detailing how funds were used including progress of the project. A lay description of the awarded project including progress, but not including unpublished data, will be made public and available to the patient community via Be Brave For Life’s website, Facebook, Instagram, Stewardship Report, etc. If data generated from this micro-grant is used in a future successful grant application to another entity, please let us know so we may share this information with our donors.


Letters of intent should be submitted via email to Laura Callen (