BENFRA Pilot Study Funding

Department of Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University

Call for Applications

The BENFRA Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University is welcoming applications for one $15,000 award funded by the OHSU Department of Neurology. The goal of the award is to support pilot projects performed by trainee researchers on Botanicals Enhancing Neurological and Functional Resilience in Aging (BENFRA). The awardee will work closely with the BENFRA Center at OHSU.  Applicants are encouraged to review the goals and mission statement of the Center and BENFRA faculty and researchers.
The deadline for applications is October 14, 2022.

Eligible Projects

Projects may involve the herbs of focus at the BENFRA Center, Centella asiatica (Gotu kola) or Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) or may involve other herbs previously identified as having resilience-promoting effects for human health, especially for aging related changes to sleep, mood and cognition. Projects must include at least one OHSU faculty level BENFRA investigator as Principal or Co-investigator and provide an opportunity for research training. All work (labwork and other research activities) must take place at Oregon Health & Science University.


Applications may be submitted by the trainee (undergraduate or graduate student, postdoctoral scholar) or the faculty member mentoring the trainee to be funded.


Downloadable application form 

If applying as a trainee, please include your CV as well as your PI/mentor’s name and their letter of support. If applying as a faculty member/mentor, please include your trainee’s CV.

Applications should be emailed to the BENFRA Center at by October  14, 2022.
Please include the heading “BENFRA Pilot Funds Application” in the subject field.


Please direct questions about eligibility and potential projects to:
Lucy Allison, BENFRA Administrative Coordinator

BENFRA Year 3  Solicitation, Review and Award Timeline

October 14, 2022:  Applications due

November 11, 2022:  Award decision made and applicants notified

BENFRA welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic make-up, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Application document