Fund Details
Brain Research Foundation 2018 Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program
Award Duration
Two years
Maximum Award Amount
Sponsor Name
Brain Research Foundation
Nominations Available to Institution
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline
Sponsor Deadline


The objective of the Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant 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 or other outside funding sources.

Harvard University, as one institution, is limited to nominating one Assistant or Associate faculty member to submit a mandatory Letter of Intent during the first phase of the BRF Seed Grant competition.

PLEASE NOTE: Eligible applicants from HMS and Harvard affiliated hospitals must internally apply to the BRF Seed Grant opportunity through the office of Harvard Foundation Funds . Applicant(s) selected through the Harvard Foundation Funds process will then move in to the process facilitated by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

Application Information:

Applicants must be full time Assistant or Associate Professors working in the area of studies of brain function in health and disease.

Applicants are asked to submit:
  • A two page (10 point font minimum) summary of the proposed research project
  • A current CV
  • Applicants must be full time Professors or Associate Professors working in the area of studies of brain function in health and disease
  • Studies should be related to either normal human brain development or specifically identified disease states. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease
  • Assistant Professors:The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources
  • Associate Professors: The grant proposal must detail new research directions

Additional Information, Related Websites, and Proxy Instructions:

The Brain Research Foundation's website provides guidelines for the 2018 competition and a series of FAQs They can be accessed here

Applicants are asked to follow up with the appropriate research administration office at the school where they hold a primary appointment. A list of contacts by school is available here

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  • Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • Harvard Law School
    • Faculty/Assistant Professor
    • Associate Professor
      Type of Competition
      • Limited Submission
        • Clinical Science
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          Type of Award
          • Prize/Award
          • Research