University of Southern California


Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

Slots:                                                     1

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        January 7, 2020, 4pm CST

External Deadline:                          March 25, 2020, 4pm CST

Award Information:                        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 2020). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2021).

Budgetary Requirements:           100% of these BRF Seed Grant funds must be utilized for direct costs. Costs not permitted:

• Facilities and administrative costs

• Salary recovery for the PI

• Domestic and foreign travel

• Conference or seminar fees

• Personal computers, computer hardware or software

• Large laboratory equipment

• Tuition reimbursement

• Indirect costs, including university fees associated with salary (including fringe benefits) equipment, etc.

• Charges or other costs that support the infrastructure an institution provides researchers

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:


Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                        

Additional Info:                       

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 not funded by other sources. This grant is not to be used as bridge funding. Investigators at institutions that are affiliated with a medical school or university are eligible to apply only through the institution where they hold a full-time faculty position. 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.


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.


BRFs Annual Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of the Program is to provide start-up money for new research projects and innovative programs that have the potential of becoming competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources. Our goal is to have this initial effort succeed in opening future opportunities for research, collaboration and scientific advancement.

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