CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Brain Research Foundation – Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

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. The BRF’s goal is to have this initial effort succeed in opening future opportunities for research, collaboration and scientific advancement.

To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the field of neuroscience. 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 2016). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2017).The support focus is for new research projects of the highest scientific merit.

Since UCI may submit no more than one nominee for consideration, interested applicants are asked to submit a preliminary application to my office by November 23, 2015 (through UCI Review), with the following information:

  • Summary of program project (2 pages, consistent with the BRF LOI guidelines),
  • Rough budget (please refer to the guidelines for allowable costs),
  • CV or Bio-sketch (no more than two pages),
  • Support letter from the Dean (or the equivalent in units without a Dean).
To apply through UCI Review:

  • Visit
  • Look for this call by name under “Limited Funding Opportunities” and click the hyperlink
  • Click “Apply” on the right hand side under “Application Tools”
  • If you’re not already signed in, click “UCI WebLogin” and fill in your UCInetID username and password
  • All details are automatically saved as you enter them. When you are ready to submit, click “Submit Application” at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted and accepted.

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 7, 2016.

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.


James W. Hicks, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research
Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


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