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Translational Neuroscience Hub: Call for Seed Grant Applications

November 1, 2022

The MIDB Translational Hub seeks to support up to four seed grants ($25,000 for one year of work). Given recent advancements in the field of liquid biopsy and developmental biomarkers, we seek to support exploratory/developmental proposals that investigate bodily fluids-derived biomarkers (e.g., free-floating DNA, exosomes, neural-specific extracellular vesicles, metabolites, miRNAs, etc.) that can ultimately have diagnostic or prognostic implications for neurobehavioral development and lead to subsequent externally funded projects (e.g., NIH R21, R01). Applicants may submit proposals that use the listed methodologies in combination with other tools (e.g., electrophysiology, neuroimaging). Proposals can involve preclinical models, human research, or both. Priority will be given to applications that align with the mission of the MIDB.


  1. Funds cannot be used to support graduate students’ stipends or faculty salaries. Funds can be used to support research staff.
  2. Applicants must be active members of the MIDB. (See MIDB membership application and information.)
  3. Funds will be allocated once IRB/IACUC approval is obtained.
  4. Awards will be allocated with start date by Feb. 6, 2023.

To submit your application, please email applications by midnight (CST) on Dec. 30, 2022 to: [email protected]. Please include the subject heading: “MIDB Translational Core Seed Grant Application.”

If you have any questions, please contact Phu Tran, MIDB Translational Core Director at [email protected]

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