The Civitan International Research Center
Research Grants for Emerging Scholars
Request for Proposals

Proposal Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2016, at Noon

Grant Start Date: October 1, 2016

Eligible Applicants: Graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, non-tenure earning instructors,  and non-tenure earning faculty

Award Level: $25,000 for one year

Contact and Submit to:  Vicki Hixon

The Civitan International Research Center is requesting proposals for clinical or basic science research aimed at enhancing our current understanding of typical and atypical brain development, autism spectrum disorders, Down and Rett syndromes, developmental disabilities, impaired cognitive development, and the effects of environmental toxins on the development of the brain. The $25,000 award may be used as a stipend supplement or for direct projects costs.  

Proposals should consist of a single PDF document containing a two page description of the planned research; a letter of endorsement from the mentor; and CV from the applicant. 

The mission of the CIRC is to improve the well-being and the quality of life of individuals and families affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities; to provide interdisciplinary clinical and research training in neurodevelopmental disabilities; to utilize this knowledge to develop and provide high quality exemplary services and programs; and to exchange information in a timely way with consumers, practitioners, scientists, and society.

Dr. Alan Percy spoke at the Civitan International Convention in Norfolk, VA on July 15, 2016. Showing the newly released 2016 Civitan Research Center video, Dr. Percy shared his vision for the Research Center.  The video featured some of the leading researchers at the Research Center as they gave a brief overview of their ongoing research.   

The video was produced by Jim Willett, a long-standing member of the Civitan.  Special thanks to Jim for all his work in making the video possible.   The video can be ordered for $10 by contacting Vicki Hixon at:



Program Announcement
We are pleased to announce that Alan K. Percy, M.D., will serve as interim director of the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC) along with Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Ph.D., who will serve as interim scientific co-director. Dr. Percy is recognized nationally and internationally for his achievements in the clinical aspects of neurodevelopmental and related disorders, while Dr. Pozzo-Miller is an accomplished researcher in the basic and translational sciences of autism and intellectual disabilities. Both have extensive expertise in the study of Rett syndrome.

Please join us in congratulating Alan and Lucas on these appointments.

Yours sincerely,
Dick Marchase and Selwyn Vickers