The 2018 Grant Deadline has passed. Grants were awarded on April 17, 2018. Micro-Grants will be available again in 2019.

Our Micro-Grants

Be Brave For Life is pleased to offer one-year micro-grants of up to $20,000 for research pilot projects and research bridge funding. The purpose of our grants is to research a cure for benign brain tumors and cerebrovascular disease.

  • We provide seed funding for high-risk, high-impact research that has the potential to change current diagnostic or treatment paradigms for adults and children with benign brain tumors or cerebrovascular disease.
  • Alternatively, funds may be used to bridge a gap between grants received from other entities, such as the National Institute of Health (NIH) or international funding agencies.


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 are 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 three pages include 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 and budget
  • Personnel
  • 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.


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 one-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 A lay description of the awarded project including progress, but not including unpublished data, will be made public and available to the patient community via Be Brave For Life’s website, Facebook, Instagram, Stewardship Report, etc.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 at