Brain Research Foundation: 2021 Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program Awards ‒ $80K ‒ Nominations Due: November 23, 2020

Mon, Nov 23, 2020, 5:00 pm
Audience: 
Request for Proposals
Early Career
Life Sciences
Various Research Areas

Opportunity: 

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. The Foundation’s goal is to have this initial effort succeed in opening future opportunities for research, collaboration and scientific advancement. (BRF “Seed Grant” awards are not intended to supplement existing grants.)

Fields of Research:

Area studies in brain function, including molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional functioning in health and disease.

Prior winning projects are listed here.

The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources.

Eligibility:

  • To be eligible, the 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. 
  • At this pre-application stage no budgets and no sign-offs from Offices of Sponsored Projects are required.
  • Only one Pl may apply per application. For more information on the application process, see the “Guidelines” document here.
  • Brain Research Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, color, ethnic origin or age.
    • Assistant Professor - Junior faculty with a new research project that will generate pilot data that will lead to ROl 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.

Note: A new technique is not considered a new direction unless it pertains to a different area of study.


Note: Grants are NOT to be used for bridge funding between grants.

Assistance with Application: The Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations team is available to assist faculty with proposal development and submission.  We welcome the opportunity to work with you - please call me at x8-9944 if you would like assistance.

Award:

Each award provides $80k in direct costs over two years to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty who are working in new research directions.

Application:

This is a limited submission opportunity.

The University may nominate one faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the sponsor. In consultation with the Limited Submission Prize Committee, the Dean for Research will review all internal applications and select the candidate who will be formally nominated by the University.
Department Chairs may nominate candidates by emailing the following materials in a single PDF document (in the order outlined below) to mh24@princeton.edu on or before the Internal Deadline, below: 

  1. A statement of endorsement from the Chair;
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae;
  3. A summary of the candidate’s research project; and
  4. List of current funding associated with the candidate’s projects.

Please feel free to circulate this announcement to faculty and administrators within your department. Please call me at my campus number below should you like to discuss further.

Note for Department Chairs: If more than one candidate is nominated from your department for an award, please rank order your candidates in a separate email.

Note: Process/budget questions that arise should be directed to ORPA and the proposal should be routed following the standard Princeton proposal process (Coeus, etc).

View program Guidelines here.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions may be found here.

Due Dates:

  • The Internal Deadline is noon on Monday, November 23, 2020.
  • The deadline for the LOI is Tuesday, January 5, 2021 by 4:00 p.m. CST. (Applicants will be notified via email in mid-February 2020 with the decision on their LOI.)

Assistance with Application: The Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations team is available to assist faculty with proposal development and submission. We welcome the opportunity to work with you - please call me at x8-9944 if you would like assistance.