Research Management Group (RMG)

Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC)
Scully Family Seed Grant Projects

**A $300,000 Internal funding opportunity for any established Stanford faculty with UTL, MCL , NTLR and CE faculty line appointments. **

The 2018 deadliine has passed. This webpage is for your reference only.

Deadline:   Jan. 19, 2018, 5 p.m. (see "Submitting an Application" below)

Amount of Funding/Budget Information:
Applicants may request $300,000 in direct costs for a two-year duration Seed Grant Project under this program. The Stanford ADRC plans to fund six projects.
Budget period is 5/01/18 to 4/30/20.

Eligibility :


Proposals should describe innovative basic, translational, clinical, behavioral, bioinformatic, or epidemiologic research likely to advance an understanding of the basic or clinical underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (including Lewy body and Parkinson’s disease), especially with respect to mechanisms underlying loss of cognitive function; or to aid in prevention or treatment; or enhance caregiving, community outreach and education.  We are particularly interested in translational applications focused on, or enabling, the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.  Preference is given to proposals that use data and resources from the Stanford ADRC, including biomarker specimens (e.g., blood, CSF, autopsy tissues), imaging and clinical resources, and biostatistical resources; or data from the National Alzheimer Coordinating Center ( 

This funding mechanism is intended to allow an investigator the opportunity to develop preliminary data sufficient to provide the basis for an application for independent research support.  Seed grants are designed for junior faculty level investigators or more senior investigators who have experience in areas other than Alzheimer’s disease research, and who want to work in the Alzheimer research field broadly defined or want to try a new hypothesis, method, or approach that is not necessarily an extension of ongoing Alzheimer research.

Programmatic questions should be directed to Dr. Tony Wyss-Coray, chair of the Pilot Project Review Committee (, administrative questions to Nusha Askari (, Senior Administrator of the ADRC.

If selected and funded

Funding is contingent upon receipt of all required documents and protocols, to be submitted to Nusha Askari at the Stanford ADRC. A progress report in NIH format will be due after year 1 of funding and a final report at the end of the funding period. A presentation of progress is required to the Stanford ADRC approximately six months after the commencement of funding, at the annual ADRC-NIH external committee site visit (January of each year) and approximately once per year as determined by the Scully Family.

In addition, funding recipients are required to:

Submitting an Application

By January 19, 2018, 5 p.m. please submit one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below via email to:

Nusha Askari
Senior Administrator
Stanford ADRC: Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Phone: 650-721-5283

File name: Last name_Stanford_ADRC_seed_grants_2018.pdf

Institutional representatives: not applicable for internal funding opportunities. You do not have to submit your applications through your RPM.

1) Title Page
Stanford Alzheimer's Disease Research Center – Scully Family Seed Grant Project
Project Title:
Project Leader Name, Title, department, address, phone number, email
Co-Investigator(s): Name, Title, department, address, phone number, email 

2) Project summary or abstract
Include project title (up to 30 lines)

3) Research Proposal: 
Specific Aims and Research Strategy (consisting of Significance, Innovation, and Approach), together limited to 3 pages, including any tables and figures. Bibliography/References (does not count against the 3-page limit). Use standard NIH page formatting. 

4) Detailed budgets
up to $300,000 direct costs.
Budget period: 5/01/18 to 4/30/20.
Please note: you do not have to have your RPM prepare your budget now but if approved, we will need to submit an official budget to the NIH (the ADRC will do that).

5) Budget Justification (1 page, NIH format)

6) Biosketch (5-page NIH format) for the Project Leader and Co-Investigators
For a template and sample biosketch, see this NIH webpage:

7) Other Support (also NIH format) for Project leader and co-investigators.
Please include both active and pending support

Selection Process:
The Stanford ADRC pilot project review committee will review and recommend action on all Pilot Project applications. You will receive a notification of our selection early February 2018.

Note: the release of funds after selection will be contingent upon formal approval of the non-competitive ADRC renewal by the NIH and verification by ADRC of the recipient's human subject, SCRO, and animal subject approvals and compliance with other administrative issues.







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