University of Southern California


Brain Research Foundation 2019 Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

Slots:                                                     1                             

Internal Deadline:                           November 2, 2018, noon PT

LOI:                                                        Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 4:00 p.m. CST                

External Deadline:                          March 27, 2019, 4:00 p.m. CST

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: N/A

Anticipated Amount: $80,000 for two years

Cost Sharing:                                  100% of these Fay/Frank Seed Grant funds must be utilized for direct costs.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research 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 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 notfunded by other sources. This grant is not to be used as bridge funding. Investigators at institutions that are affiliated with a university are eligible to apply only through the institution where they hold a full-time faculty position. Scientists that have previously received a BRF Fay/Frank 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.

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 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


The purpose of the BRF Fay/Frank Seed Grant 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 Fay/Frank 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.

Our goal is to have this grant succeed in opening future opportunities for research, collaboration and scientific advancement.


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