Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program

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Limited Submission

The Seed Grant Program aims 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 program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions.


$80,000 over two years


Internal Deadline: December 16, 2019
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): January 7, 2020

Application Material

Send the following as a single PDF document to Jennifer Kluge at (new window)

  1. 1-page research proposal with a rationale for why you should be nominated and how your proposed research advances your long-term vision and goals in the field of clinical cancer investigation. You should outline your historical, current, and future commitments to clinical/patient research and should consider the aforementioned “Selection Criteria to be Competitive”.
  2. Abbreviated CV or NIH-style biosketch

To be competitive address if there is any overlap with current grants and explain how the project is a new research direction.


  • 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.


For further questions about the sponsor, contact George Kosar, Assistant Vice President, Office of Institutional Partnerships at (new window).