With the right skills, non-US scientists can unlock overlooked American funders like the BrightFocus Foundation
Unfamiliarity with application processes can put many researchers off bidding to US-based but internationally oriented funders. That is unfortunate, as many of these institutions offer highly useful grants and specialist support.
The BrightFocus Foundation, a not-for-profit that aims to combat dementia, is one such funder. Henrietta Nielsen, an associate professor in neurobiology at Stockholm University in Sweden, is one of its handful of successful non-US applicants. In this article, first published in October 2020, she explains how her experiences working in the US came to the fore as she crafted her bid.