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Seed Grants

Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Seed Grants

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute is invested in sparking new collaborations between neuroscience researchers from across the university and invite applications for seed grants to fund innovative, collaborative research projects in the neurosciences. We seek focused, intense collaborations between 2-3 faculty members piloting a novel idea.

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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. The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute encourages 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, and (3) the social sciences, humanities and professional schools of education, law and business.

Applicants must demonstrate clearly how this funding mechanism would allow the project to move forward. 

Seed Grant competitions occur every two years. Awards of $300,000 each ($150,000/year for 2 years) are awarded to up to 5 research teams.

Applying for Seed Grants

Applications are closed for 2023 Seed Grant. 

Application and Eligibility

Seed Grant Award Announcements

Round 4 - Five Funded Projects

Sep 2, 2021 - Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute announces fourth round of seed grants

Round 3 - Six Funded Projects

Oct 7, 2019 - Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute announces third round of seed grants

Round 2 - Six Funded Projects

Sep 13, 2017 - Stanford Neurosciences Institute awards second round of Seed Grants

Round 1 - Five Funded Projects

Aug 27, 2015 - Stanford Neurosciences Institute awards first round of Seed Grants