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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 cavernous malformation or non-cancerous brain tumor diagnosis. We remain particularly interested in supporting research that provides better treatment options for patients with cerebral 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 amongst researchers, doctors, and foundations.

Applications Due June 15, 2019 (Note: this is a change!)

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 cavernous malformation and non-cancerous brain tumor 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.
  • Give Back – All grant recipients need to show ways that they will share Be Brave’s mission with their patients, stakeholders, students and community. Please explain to us how you will do this within your research community and/or hospital. We need your help so that we can continue providing these grants to you in the future.
  • 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 cerebral cavernous malformation and non-cancerous brain tumor 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.

Please note: A short progress report including a photo of your team and lab is required within 6 months of fund disbursement, and a final 1-page report will be required within 12 months of fund disbursement detailing how funds were used including progress of the project and a interesting photo of your team at work. Within BOTH of these reports we require a short “lay person” description of your research, so that we can share this information with our stakeholders, many of whom are not medical doctors and whom want to see the impact of their donations.

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, Newsletter(s), 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 (