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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program 2017

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 06, 2016
Subject:Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program 2017


Deadline for Internal Review:November 07, 2016

Project Description

The purpose of the BRF Seed 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. The goal is to have this initial effort succeed in opening future opportunities for research, collaboration and scientific advancement.

The objective of 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.

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.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please include the following information:

  • 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 (5 page maximum)


Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to Brain Research Foundation by January 04, 2017.