Office of Research

Seed Grant Program 2013

Modifications have been made to the Brain Research Foundation’s Seed Grant Program. This is now an invited funding opportunity. Invited institutions throughout the US must nominate faculty to submit for funding. We are pleased to announce Brain Research Foundation 2013 Seed Grant Program is now funding invited institutions throughout the US.  The Brain Research Foundation has invited University of Washington to nominate 2 faculty members to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2013 Seed Grant Program. Nominated candidates may submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), with a biosketch, by January 9, 2013.


The Brain Research Foundation’s 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.  We are contacting institutions to make sure that all eligible neuroscientists are aware of this upcoming funding opportunity. To be eligible, the PI must be a tenured/tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor working in the field of neuroscience. The grant period is for one year in the amount of $50,000 (direct costs). The support focus is for new research projects of the highest scientific merit. 


Please alert qualified faculty at your institution of this upcoming funding opportunity. If your university has multiple Offices of Research (such as a medical school), your institution may have received duplicate announcements. Please note that a medical school falls under its larger university and BRF will consider them a single institution. To access the LOI form and Project Summary form, please go to www.research.thebrf.organd sign in, or create an account, to download the form. (Please note that to edit and save the LOI form, it must be opened in Adobe Acrobat).


For complete Seed Grant submission information and guidelines visit, or download a PDF version here. Please Note: the deadline for the LOI is Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by 4:00 p.m. CST. Email any inquiries to, or call the BRF office at 312-759-5150.


About the Brain Research Foundation
The Brain Research Foundation funds innovative neuroscience research that expands understanding of how the brain works, and provides educational programs for researchers, families struggling with debilitating brain disorders and the general public. The Foundation plays a critical role in the scientific process by funding grants that are the starting blocks to discovery, allowing scientists to prove the feasibility of their projects and produce data that will make them eligible for larger government and institutional funds. To learn more about the Brain Research Foundation, Click Here.

Eligibility Requirements

Application Instructions

Please submit a two-page letter of intent with a list of all anticipated investigators, description of proposed aims and approach, and Biosketch of the PI by email to by 5:00 PM Thursday, October 25, 2012. Full applications are due to the sponsor 1/9/13 so you will need to have your proposal to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 1/2/13 for processing if given the go ahead by the review committee.

Opportunity Details

10/25/2012 UW Internal Deadline Closed
01/02/2013 OSP Deadline
01/09/2013 Sponsor Deadline

Brain Research Foundation

Funding amount


Maximum Number of Applications


Eligible groups
  • All campus

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