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Seed Grant Application Now Open: MIDB Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Research Awards

MIDB Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Research Awards:

Up to 3 awards; awards can be proposed for any amount up to 20k ($60k total to be awarded).

These awards are intended to encourage trainees’ research by providing support to graduate students who are pursuing PhD or MD training in child development, psychology, neuroscience, cell biology or a related discipline. Human as well as preclinical studies are encouraged. These awards are also intended to support post-PhD/MD trainees. The proposed work must be consistent with the mission of the MIDB and preferably conducted at the MIDB*. Cross-departmental collaborative work is highly encouraged, and applicants must indicate who is advising/mentoring their work.


  1. Must propose interdisciplinary work (cutting across at least two cores of the MIDB)
  2. Priority will be given to work that will be conducted at the MIDB unless it is impossible to use the facility for data collection (e.g., a hospitalized sample is being studied; the work is preclinical bench work; a sample is being assessed in a community setting).
  3. The project must be registered with the Center for Neurobehavioral Development. MIDB Request for Service Application.
  4. Human clinical, cognitive or affective scientific studies are encouraged as are preclinical studies that contribute to our understanding of the developing organism. Work that has clinical implications or that includes community partners is especially encouraged.
  5. Two year awards will be allocated unless the budget stipulates a one-year plan; a one year no-cost extension will be available; you must provide a detailed budget for each year of support.
  6. The proposed work must involve an interdisciplinary collaboration across two participating departments (faculty collaborators; graduate student or postdoc mentors).
  7. The proposed work must fit the overall mission of the MIDB.
  8. Funds cannot be used to support investigator/graduate student salaries/stipends or summer salaries. Funds may be used to support laboratory personnel. Faculty must include a list of non-sponsored funds available for their use and whether these funds will be used to support the proposed work. Cost-sharing is encouraged.
  9. Note that the services of the MIDB cores are provided at cost to investigators (e.g., technician time; MRI scanning hours). A budget for these services, if utilized, should be part of your proposal. If you have questions about this aspect of your budget, please contact the relevant core leads for further information.
  10. Applicants must be active members of the MIDB. MIDB Membership Application
  11. Funds will not be allocated until IRB/IACUC approval is obtained. 12. We anticipate that awards will be allocated with start dates to begin between July 1 and September 1, 2022. 13. To submit your application, please email all requested components by midnight US Central time on June 1, 2022 to this address: [email protected] Please include a subject heading of “MIDB seed grant application attached.” If you have questions, please contact Monica Luciana, MIDB Chief Scientific Officer at [email protected].


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