Skip to main content

LSO: Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

Sep. 27, 2018, 4:46 PM

2019 Brain Research Foundation

Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

This is a joint competition for VU and VUMC investigators. All investigators should follow these instructions.


Vanderbilt (VU and VUMC, collaboratively) has the opportunity to nominate one candidate for the Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program for 2019. This award typically provides $80,000 (direct costs) over two years to support 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 objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions.


  • 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.
    • Assistant Professor – junior faculty with a new research project that will generate pilot data that will lead to R01 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.
  • Research assistant professors and research associate professors are not eligible.
  • The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources.

Internal Application Process:

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s potential nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to LSO@vanderbilt.eduby 5:00 p.m. on Monday Oct. 29, 2018. 

  1. Brief research plan including summary budget (2 page max including budget);
    • Include closing paragraph that explains how this research will develop (next steps)
    • Refer to budget guidelines
  2. Statement of support from department chair/center director;
  3. CV or NIH Biosketch (5 page max)

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email. All applicants should verify their eligibility in advance through the foundation website. Vanderbilt’s nominee will submit a required LOI by Jan. 8, 2019.

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to