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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program 2016

To:Chairs and Administrators Departments in the Biological Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; School/College Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:October 01, 2015
Subject:Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program 2016


Deadline for Internal Review:November 13, 2015

Project Description

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 program will 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.
Funding Preferences:

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.) Seed Grants are NOT to be used for bridge funding between grants.

Amount per award: $80,000 (direct costs only)
Duration of award: 2 Years – $40,000 per year


To be eligible, PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor 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.

UW-Madison is allowed to submit 1 nomination.

BRF Seed Grant Guidelines 2016


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

  • Name and academic title of PI
  • Contact information
  • Title of program project
  • Brief summary of program project (2 page maximum, 10 pt. font minimum)
  • Biographical sketch (using current NIH format) with other support page (4 page maximum)

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to the sponsor by January 07, 2016.