Seed Grants

Founded in 1981, BRF’s Seed Grant Program provides start-up funds for new and innovative research projects that lead to future opportunities, collaboration, and scientific advancement.

Seed Grant Guidelines 

BRF funds the most innovative and high-impact brain research projects. The 2022 Seed Grant Letter of Intent round will open in early October. To learn more about our application guidelines for the Seed Grant, click below.

Seed Grants Archive

Brain Research Foundation Monitoring Communication in Neuronal Networks in Real Time and at Single Cell Resolution
Visualizing the flow of information through the complex and intertwined networks of the brain is a long‐sought goal of neuroscience. Genetically encoded proteins such as the fluorescent calcium sensor GCaMP…
Brain Research Foundation Investigating the Role of Negative Valence in the Temporal Dynamics of Memory-Linking
Determining how distinct memories are formed, linked, and retrieved, and the role of fear in these processes, is an essential part of understanding PTSD, a debilitating disorder characterized by the…
Brain Research Foundation Dissecting the Organization and Function of Social Behavioral Circuits in the Amygdala
Social interactions play a crucial role in the reproduction, survival, and physical and mental health of many vertebrate species including humans. Impairment in social behavior is a hallmark of several…
Brain Research Foundation Neural Circuit Mechanisms of Behavior-Dependent Representation for Space and Time
The central question in my proposal is whether our perception of time and space share the same circuit mechanisms during our daily life. Recent studies suggest that neurons in the…
Brain Research Foundation Aberrant Synaptic Organization in Tremor Disorders
Tremor is a prevalent and often debilitating disorder for many individuals; however, the cause of tremor remains poorly understood. We have previously identified alterations in the cerebellum, the brain region…
Brain Research Foundation Elucidating the Role for 3D Genome Topology Disruption in Trinucleotide Repeat Expansion Disorders
DNA from a single human cell is more than 6 feet long when stretched out end to end. Recent technological advances have revealed that the 6 feet long DNA sequence…
Brain Research Foundation A Novel Whole-brain Method for In Vivo Imaging of Progressive Neurodegeneration
Neurodegenerative disorders arise as components of the nervous system deteriorate with age. The symptoms accompanying this deterioration become progressively worse, compromising an individual’s ability to function. The progressive and widespread…
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Brain Research Foundation invites eligible U.S. institutions to nominate one faculty member to submit a letter of intent for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program. To be eligible, the Principal Investigator (PI) must be a full-time assistant or associate professor working in the field of neuroscience.

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