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Seed Grants

Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Seed Grants

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute awards seed grants to fund innovative, interdisciplinary research projects in the neurosciences.  We seek focused, intense collaborations between 2-3 faculty members piloting a novel idea.

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We consider interdisciplinary seed grant research projects to involve at least two independent co-PI's who use different methodologies or approaches and/or work in different disciplines.  The collaborators should combine their expertise in an innovative fashion to address important problems in basic and clinical neuroscience.  The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute emphasizes three strategic interfaces 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.

Seed Grant competitions occur every two years. Awards of $200,000 each ($100,000/year for 2 years) are awarded to 5 research teams.

Applying for Seed Grants

Round two awardees were announced in September 2017. Our next competition will occur in 2019.

Application and Eligibility

Seed Grant Award Announcements

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