Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grants

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The Brain Research Foundation (BRF) has invited UCI to nominate one (1) faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program.
The BRF’s Annual Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. 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.

To be eligible, the 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. This grant is not to be used as bridge funding..

Each award is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period.

Since UCI may submit no more than one nominee for consideration, interested applicants are asked to submit a preliminary application to the Office of Research by November 30, 2020 (through the UCI Review application portal), with the following information:

  • Brief summary of program project (2 page maximum, 10 pt. font minimum)
    • Include closing paragraph that explains how this research will develop (nextsteps)
  • NIH Style Bio-sketch (no more than five pages, consistent with the BRF LOI guidelines).

If necessary, an ad hoc committee will convene to review the internal applications. The selected PI will be notified in time to meet BRF’s letter of intent deadline of January 5, 2021. Full proposals to BRF are by invitation only. If invited, applications will be due March 30, 2021. For the complete BRF guidelines please refer to

Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to
Greg Ruth at or Mike Gallo at

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