University of Southern California


Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

Slots:                                                   One                    
LOI:                                                     January 4, 2017 (with biosketch), 4pm CST
Internal Deadline:                          Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline:                           March 22, 2017, 4pm CST 
Award Information:                        Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 10

Anticipated Amount: $80,000

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 2017). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2018).

Cost Sharing:                                 100% of the Seed Grant funds must be utilized for direct costs.

Submission Process:                  PIs must submit their application utilizing the Office of Research’s Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:

Who May Serve as PI:                 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. Also note:

1.) PI is 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 period.

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

5.) 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.

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

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


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.

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.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.