Limited funding opportunity – Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grants

October 9, 2018 by School of Medicine Webmaster

The VP for Research has announced the internal process for selecting the UVA candidate for the Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant limited submission funding opportunity. UVA as an institution is limited to one (1) nomination for the award.

Objective: 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. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants.

Eligibility: To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the field of neuroscience.

For additional information: See the attached pdf and link; for detailed guidelines visit:

Sponsor LOI Deadline: January 8, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. CST

Instructions for Submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI): To apply, click on View Letter of Intent . You will login to the system using NetBadge. If the PI is submitting the Letter of Intent, the PI’s name and email will already be filled in. If you are submitting the proposal on behalf of the PI, please fill in the PI’s name and email address (use the PI’s UVA ID, not an email alias). Enter the proposal title, the list of participating faculty (name and Department), and a short (no more than 1 paragraph) description of the planned proposal. This information will be used to help develop the internal review panel, if necessary. Letters of Intent must be received by 5:00pm on October 25, 2018.

Faculty submitting LOIs will be contacted regarding an internal competition, if necessary. If a competition is necessary, the internal application will be due on or around November 15, 2018 and must include (one pdf file):

  1. Up to a two page summary (including references) of the proposed program project.
  2. Biographical sketch with other support page (5 page maximum).
  3. A one-page budget outline (in column format) showing major budget categories for the project period and justifications if necessary.
  4. Endorsement letter from department chair.

Limited Submission Alerts, Process, and Review

To sign up for direct email alerts for all limited submission opportunities, send an email to with the word subscribe as the only word in the Subject heading (do not use capital letters or other punctuation in the Subject heading).

More information on the limited submission review process can be found here:, and in the documents found therein. To summarize, reviewers for individual limited submission opportunities are drawn from a standing committee of tenured faculty members who are nominated by the Schools and appointed by the VPR. Ad hoc committee members may also be invited to serve on specific panels based on their subject expertise and/or their experience with a particular sponsor or program. The internal review committee provides critical reviews of internal pre-proposals and makes recommendations for the pre-proposals that should go forward for external submission. The VPR office follows the best practice of many foundations and agencies and does not disclose the names of individual reviewers who contribute to a specific review panel. The limited submission team notifies individual internal applicants of their pre-proposal review results via email. The limited submission team notifies the Department, School, and Office of Sponsored Programs of the proposal(s) that will go forward for external submission via email.

Questions: Email

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