Brain Research Foundation: Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

The Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US institutions to nominate one faculty member (Assistant or Associate Professor) to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program.

Brain Research 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.

Brain Research 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 programs. A representative of Brain Research Foundation is also present when the Committee meets.

Objectives: The 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 grants.

Number of Applications
Amount of Funding

$80,000 ($40,000/yr x 2 years)




2018 opportunity; 2019 guidelines have yet to be shared:


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.


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.


1.) PI is ineligible if they are not a full-time faculty member at the institution under which they are applying.

2.) PI is ineligible if they are a Full Professor.

3.) PI is ineligible if they are a research assistant professor or research associate professor.

4.) PI is ineligible to submit more than one BRF Seed Grant proposal in a funding period.

5.) PI is ineligible if they have BRF funding that will overlap this grant period.

6.) PI is ineligible if they have been awarded prior BRF funding, but have failed to submit progress and financial reports at the end of their grant period.

7.) PI is ineligible if they are a member of the BRF Scientific Review Committee.

8.) PI is ineligible if they are a relative of BRF a representative, including the SRC, as defined by the Foundation.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Brain Research Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, color, ethnic origin, and age.

Submission Process

Step 1

In ONE PDF, please provide:

  1. A cover sheet with:
    • PI Name
    • PI Department/Division and School/College
    • Project Title
  2. Summary of Project, no longer than one page, with 12-point font and one-inch margins
  3. Federal-grant-style Biosketch (usually NIH or NSF)

Please send these documents as a single PDF to Stephanie Endy ( by October 16, 2018.

Step 2

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by October 26, 2018.

Step 3

Final proposal must be received by the Office of Research Administration by December 21, 2018, at 5:00pm EST.

Step 4

Final proposal must be received by the sponsor by January 8, 2019, at 5:00pm EST(Anticipated)


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
10/16/2018 10/26/2018 12/21/2018 01/08/2019 CLOSED