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Seed Grants

Seed Grants, Stanford Neurosciences Institute

Stanford 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.

We consider interdisciplinary seed grant research projects to involve at least two independent co-PI's who use different methodologies/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.  SNI 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.

The 2015 Seed Grant Awardees

In August of 2015 the SNI Seed Grant program awarded 5 grants at $200,000 each ($100,000/year for 2 years). The program will continue with a competition for new grants every-other-year.

The five successful grants will support collaborations to probe vision cell degeneration, math learning, autism, Alzheimer’s disease and improvements in deep brain stimulation used to treat Parkinson’s and other diseases.

SNI Seed Grant News

Click on the title of each award to learn more.

In vivo selection for gene mutations that counteract photoreceptor degeneration

Douglas Vollrath, Genetics
Michael Bassik, Genetics
Monte Winslow, Genetics and Pathology

Massively parallel microwire arrays for deep brain stimulation

Jun Ding, Neurosurgery
Nicholas Melosh, Materials Science and Engineering

Brain mechanisms of spatial reasoning in mathematics learning

James McClelland, Psychology
Bruce McCandliss, Graduate School of Education
Anthony Norcia, Psychology

Creating an advanced transgenic animal model of autism

Karen Parker, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Alexander Urban, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Megan Albertelli, Comparative Medicine
Joachim Hallmayer, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

A novel PET radioligand to identify microglial inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease

Katrin Andreasson, Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Michelle James, Radiology
Sanjay Malhotra, Radiation Oncology


Seed Grant, Stanford Neurosciences Institute

SNI Seed Grants Contact

Roula El-Asmar
SNI Program Manager