Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program 2015

To: Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological & Physical Sciences
Associate Deans for Research
School/College Research Administrators
From:  Dave Schuster, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:   October 10, 2014
Subject:  Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program 2015

{excerpt} Deadline for Notice of Intent:  October 30, 2014
Deadline for Internal Competition:  November 13, 2014{/excerpt}

Project Description:

The BRF Seed Grant Program supports new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions.  The purpose of the Program is 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 BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants.

Funding preferences:

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.

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.

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.)

PI can receive a maximum of 2 consecutive years of funding. PI may reapply after one year of not receiving funding.

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
Number of awards:    10


The PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the field of neuroscience.

UW–Madison is allowed to submit 2 proposals.

Please visit the Sponsor’s website for additional information on the program.

Internal Competition Application Instructions:

Notice of intent: Send an email to with subject line:

“BRF Seed 2015-PI Last Name”  by October 30, 2014 date to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal.

Please include the following in your e-mail:

  • Name and contact information of the PI
  • Title of PI (Assistant or Associate Professor)
  • Brief description of the proposed project

Applications for Internal Review: Send your pdf application to with subject line “BRF Seed 2015-PI Last Name” by November 13, 2014.

Your application should include the following information:

  • Cover Page containing Title of Project and Contact Information
  • Biosketch (current NIH format, include other support page, 4 page maximum)
  • Program Project Summary (1 page maximum, single spaced, ½ inch margins, Times New Roman 11 pt. font minimum)

For the projects selected, Proposal must be submitted electronically via the BRF grants website.  Sponsor due date is January 8, 2015.

If you have any questions, contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email