Seed Grants Program


Our Seed Grants program sparks new collaborations between scientists from across the University to engage in innovative, collaborative research projects in the neurosciences. 

Seed grant research projects should involve at least two independent co-PI's who combine their expertise in an innovative fashion to address important problems in basic and clinical neuroscience.

We encourage applications from teams forming unique connections between neuroscience and other bastions of disciplinary strength at Stanford: 

  1. engineering and the quantitative sciences
  2. chemical and molecular biology
  3. the social sciences, humanities and professional schools of education, law and business

Applying for Seed Grants

Seed Grant competitions occur every two years. Awards of $300,000 each ($150,000/year for two years) are awarded to up to five research teams. 

Funded Seed Grant projects

Funded research
Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Use of gut-brain electrophysiology to study interoception in eating disorders

In this study, we aim to (i) perform a feasibility study to determine the acceptance and feasibility of performing such recordings in the AN and ARFID eating disorders population and (ii) test the hypothesis that the electrophysiologic monitoring of the brain and stomach is associated with a clinically validated behavioral measure of interoception involving water distention of the stomach.

Funded research
Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Novel ketone-derived anticonvulsant agents for the treatment of childhood refractory epilepsy

We propose to apply mass spectrometry techniques to measure BHB-Phe and other KD metabolites in children undergoing KD for refractory epilepsy at Stanford. Further, in a mouse model of refractory genetic epilepsy, we will compare targeted BHB-Phe treatment to full KD treatment using transcriptomics, EEG assessment of seizures and cognitive testing.

Funded research
Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Dissecting mechanisms of gut-brain communication in Parkinson’s Disease

People with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) have different types of bacteria in their guts compared to people without neurological diseases. We will study which gut bacteria for people with PD to gain a better understanding of how gut bacteria contribute to inflammation in the body and in the brain or people with this condition. 

Funded research
Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
TrkA-ing the chronic pain
A faculty team bridging chemistry and pain research will use optogenetics to understand an important signaling pathway involved in chronic pain.