Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

Brain Research Foundation’s Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program was founded in 1981 with the goal of providing start-up money for new and innovative research projects that have the potential to become competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources. Our goal is to have this grant succeed in opening future opportunities for research, collaboration and scientific advancement. The objective of the BRF Fay/Frank 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.

To be eligible, PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor at an invited US academic 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. This grant is not to be used as bridge funding.

  • 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. Must provide abstract and specific aims for current grants and indicate if there is any overlap.
  • Associate Professor: Faculty who are pursuing new research directions. Must explain how the project is a new research direction. Must provide abstract and specific aims for current grant(s) and indicate if there is any overlap.

Deadlines

CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST November 15, 2018

Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline: 3:00pm MST January 8, 2019

Sponsor Phase II Application Deadline (invitation only): 3:00pm MST March 27, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (up to 2 pages): Please include project title and how this research will develop (next steps).
  • List of Current Grants (up to 1 page): Please indicate if there is overlap with the proposed project.
  • Biosketch using current NIH format (up to 5 pages)

To access the online application, visit: https://colorado.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/6284

Eligibility

The PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the field of neuroscience. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease.

Scientists that have previously received a BRF Fay/Frank Seed Grant may not receive the award for a second time unless all grant requirements from all previous awards are met. Only one PI may apply per application.

A PI is ineligible if they are a research assistant professor or research associate professor.

Limited Submission Guidelines

CU Boulder is limited to nominating one (1) faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for this opportunity.

Award Information

Award Amount: $80,000. 100% of grant funds must be utilized for direct costs.

Award Term: 2 years