Office of Research

Fay Frank Seed Grant Program 2014


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. The BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants.

  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.
  3. Associate Professor – Faculty who are pursuing new research directions. Must explain how the project is a new research direction. Must provide abstract for current grant(s). (Note: A new technique is not considered a new direction unless it pertains to a different area of study.)
  4. PI can receive a maximum of 2 consecutive years of funding. PI may reapply after one year of not receiving funding.
  5. Seed Grants are NOT to be used for bridge funding between grants.

Note: The Brain Research Foundation may fund up to five renewals of Seed Grantees. 

Eligibility Requirements

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.

  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 one year grant period. 
  6. PI is ineligible if they are a member of the 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.

Application Instructions

Please submit a two-page letter of intent with a list of all anticipated investigators, description of proposed aims and approach, Biosketch of the PI, and a letter of support from the Dean or Chair to by 5:00 PM Thursday, October 17, 2013. This letter of support signifies that the Dean or Chair have ensured that the nominee and application are likely to be of sufficient quality to be competitive nationally. Full proposals are due to the sponsor on 1/8/14, so you will need to have your materials in to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 12/30/13 for processing, if given the go ahead by the Proposal Review Committee.

Opportunity Details

Program Announcement No.


10/17/2013 UW Internal Deadline Closed
12/30/2013 OSP Deadline
01/08/2014 Sponsor Deadline

Brain Research Foundation

Funding amount


Maximum Number of Applications


Eligible groups
  • School of Medicine

Inquiries and Contact Information

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at