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. Each total award is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period. The first grant payment of $40,000 will be made upon completion of the Seed Grant Acceptance Form (June 2018). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2019).

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 3, 2017 (through the UCI Review application portal), with the following information:

  • Summary of program project (2 pages, consistent with the BRF LOI guidelines),
  • CV or Bio-sketch (no more than two pages),
  • Support letter from the Dean (or the equivalent in units without a Dean).

If necessary, an ad hoc committee will convene to review the preliminary proposals. The selected PI will be notified in time to meet BRF’s letter of intent deadline of January 8, 2018.

For the complete BRF guidelines, including detailed information about the program, please refer to Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at or x4-0372.