Brain Research Foundation 2016 Seed Grant Guidelines
Download a PDF version of the 2016 Seed Grant Guidelines.
Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed
Foundation has invited eligible US institutions to nominate one (1) faculty
member to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Fay/Frank Seed
Foundation’s Annual Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of our
program is to provide start-up monies for
new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to
extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other
outside funding sources.
Foundation’s Scientific Review Committee will review the seed grant proposals
and make recommendations for funding to the Foundation. The Committee consists
of senior scientists broadly representing the various neuroscience-related
or more representatives of the Brain Research Foundation are also present when
the Committee meets.
objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative
projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research
directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing
and award period: Based on the
quality of applications, the Brain Research Foundation anticipates the Seed
Grant Program will fund a total of $800,000 in grants. Each total award is
limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period. The first
grant payment of $40,000 will be made upon completion of the Seed Grant
Acceptance Form (June 2016). The final payment of $40,000 will be made
contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June
Funds must be utilized within the grant period. Final financial and progress reports, including a lay summary, will
be required within 30 days from the end
date of the grant period.
is to be directed at pilot research projects that are both innovative and will
likely lead to successful grant applications to NIH and other public and
private funding entities.
2.) Assistant Professor – Junior
faculty with a new research project that will generate pilot data that will
lead to RO1 funding or a comparable outside grant will be first priority.
3.) Associate Professor – Faculty
who are pursuing new research directions. Must explain how the project is a new
research direction. Must provide abstract for current grant(s). (Note: A new technique is not considered a new direction unless it pertains
to a different area of study.)
Seed Grants are NOT to be used for
bridge funding between grants.
Allowable costs under this
100% of these Seed Grant funds must be
utilized for direct costs.
These costs may include:
Purchase and care
of laboratory animals
Small pieces of
laboratory equipment, totaling $5,000 or less
scientific (including postdoctoral fellows) and technical staff (including
Facilities and administrative costs
Salary recovery for the PI
computer hardware or software
including university fees associated with salary, equipment, etc.
Publications resulting in projects funded
in whole or part by the BRF Seed Grant will acknowledge the Brain Research Foundation as a funding
To be eligible, PI
must be a full-time Assistant or
Associate Professor at an invited institution, working in the area of
studies of brain function. This includes molecular and clinical
neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive,
behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. The grant proposal
must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources.
ineligible if they are not a full-time faculty member at the institution in
which they are applying under.
2.) PI is
ineligible if they are a Full Professor.
3.) PI is
ineligible to submit more than one BRF Seed Grant proposal in a funding
PI is ineligible if they have BRF funding that will overlap this grant period.
PI is ineligible if they have been awarded prior BRF
funding, but have failed to submit scientific
and financial reports at the end of their grant period.
PI is ineligible if they are a member
of the BRF Scientific Review Committee.
PI is ineligible if they are a relative
of BRF a representative, including the SRC, as defined by the Foundation.
Brain Research Foundation does
not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion,
color, ethnic origin and age.
II. Application Procedures
must be submitted electronically via the BRF grants website (http://research.theBRF.org) as a single,
combined electronic document (PDF) using the BRF LOI and Application forms
(provided on the website upon registration). Documents may be combined into a
single document using Adobe Acrobat. A version of this program is downloadable
on the BRF website.
The application process will be
conducted in two phases:
PHASE I: Letter of Intent (LOI)
The first step in applying for
a BRF Seed Grant is to submit a Letter of Intent. The purpose of the LOI is to
determine worthy projects that will be asked to submit a complete Seed Grant
application for further review. The LOI and invited application must be
submitted by a single investigator.
LOI submission must
include an institutional signature to verify nomination. LOI’s submitted without
an institutional signature will not be accepted. The LOI should be submitted
by the PI online at http://research.theBRF.org. A lay
summary and keywords will be requested upon registration.
LOI submission includes:
BRF LOI form,
including the following information:
Name and academic
title of PI
information, including mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email
Title of program
Signature of institutional representative (Office of Research, Office of Sponsored Programs,
Brief summary of
program project (2 page maximum, 10 pt. font minimum)
sketch (using current NIH format) with other support page (4 page
Submit completed LOI
electronically via http://research.theBRF.org. Faxed, emailed, or mailed applications will NOT be
accepted. Consideration will be given only to those Letters of Intent completed
according to instructions and with no missing information.
email is generated upon submission of the electronic application. If PI does
not receive a confirmation, please contact info@theBRF.org.
Deadline for the LOI is January
7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. CST. LOIs will NOT
be accepted after the deadline. No exceptions will be made. Submitted LOI's
that have not been nominated by their institution will not be considered.