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2021 Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

Slots:                                                     1

Internal Deadline:                            Contact ORIF if interested.

LOI:                                                      January 5, 2021, 4pm CST. Submit completed LOI electronically via by creating an ccount. For more info, see the bottom of page 3 of the BRF SG Guidelines. Their website was recently updated/redesigned, and the LOI/application forms and process are brand new. Please follow their directions closely. They have tested this new site but in case there are any issues, please reach out to them at Please note that due to a recent website redesign, you must create a new account, as all past usernames and passwords are invalid.

External Deadline:                         March 30, 2021, 4pm CST

Award Type:                                       Grant

Anticipated Amount:                       $80,000 in direct costs for a two year grant period.

Link to Award:                        

Process for Limited Submission:

Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application as a “Limited Submission” (first option in list) through the Office of Research Application Portal: Use the top option on the page to submit.

Materials to submit include:

(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.

(2) CV – (5 pages maximum)

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.

Purpose:                                            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.

Funding Specifics:

1.) 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.
2.) 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.
3.) 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.
4.) A new technique is not considered a new direction unless it pertains to a different area of study.
5.) Grants are NOT to be used for bridge funding between grants.

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