- Sponsor: Brain Research Foundation (BRF)
- Internal Deadline: November 19, 2020
- Sponsor LOI Deadline: January 5, 2021 at 4 p.m. CST
- Sponsor Deadline: March 30, 2021 (by invitation)
- Link: https://www.thebrf.org/seed-grants/
Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of the 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.
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.
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.
Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.
Each total grant 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 2021). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a preliminary progress and financial report (June 2022). Funds must be utilized within the grant period.
100% of these BRF Seed Grant funds must be utilized for direct costs.
- Funding 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.
- 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.
- Must provide abstract and specific aims for current grants and indicate if there is any overlap.
- Associate Professor – Faculty who are pursuing new research directions.
- Must explain how the project is a new research direction.
- Must provide abstract and specific aims for current grant(s) and indicate if there is any overlap.
- A new technique is not considered a new direction unless it pertains to a different area of study.
- Grants are NOT to be used for bridge funding between grants.
- To be eligible, PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor at an invited US academic 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. This grant is not to be used as bridge funding.
- Scientists that have previously received a BRF Seed Grant may not receive the award for a second time unless all grant requirements from all previous awards are met. Only one PI may apply per application.
- PI is ineligible if they are not a full-time faculty member at the institution in which they are applying under.
- PI is ineligible if they are a Full Professor.
- PI is ineligible if they are a research assistant professor or research associate professor.
- PI is ineligible to submit more than one BRF Seed Grant proposal in a funding period.
- 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 progress 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.
An Institution may submit one letter of intent.
If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to email@example.com according to the required instructions below.
Internal Applications must include the following:
- A cover page listing
- The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
- Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
- Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
- Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
- A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
- One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
- Curriculum vitae
Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals. UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward. Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.
Internal Submission Instructions
The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org by the internal deadline listed above.
Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to email@example.com.
For questions directly related to this program, please contact the BRF at info@theBRF.org.
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