About the Seed Grant


The Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences is pleased to offer a seed grant competition to Center members.

seedlings growing

The aims this seed grant program are to support cognitive science research, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, advance student training, and promote representation of diverse groups in cutting edge STEM research. The Center will support projects that have the potential of advancing the understanding of mind, brain, and/or language and combine multiple areas and approaches within cognitive science.

Successful proposals will outline activities that will significantly increase the visibility of the Center nationally and internationally. Successful applications are expected to develop new collaborations, formulate innovative ideas, and/or collect pilot data (including fMRI data). Preferences will be given to proposals involving new collaborations, although existing collaborations will not be excluded.

For a one-year project, the PIs will be required to submit a final report at the end of the year. For a two-year project, the PIs will be required to submit a report at nine months of the first year to demonstrate sufficient progress to warrant a second year of funding and then a final report at the end of the second year. The winning PIs are also expected to present their work as a talk in the Center in the later part of the grant period.

We expect to make one award per year, with a maximum term of two years and a maximum budget of $50,000 per year.

Anticipated Timeline, 2022 Cycle

  • Call for proposals, early January 2022
  • Notification of first-round results and invitation for full proposals, mid to late February 2022
  • Winning proposal chosen and PIs notified of award, mid May 2022


Interested research teams should meet the following criteria prior to applying. 

  • At least two PIs
  • At least two of the PIs must have their primary appointments in distinct departments
  • Each PI must be a CCBS member (Not a member? Sign up here.)
  • Each PI must have PI status at OSU (Lean about OSU PI status.)

How to Apply

The call for proposals is released early each year. Please stay up to date with Center news to hear of the next open cycle.

Applications should consist of a brief proposal which must include the following components. Each component should be no longer than 250 words:

  • Project description
    • Intellectual merit
    • Broader impacts
      • Potential benefits to CCBS
      • Potential benefits to the field
      • STEM training of diverse groups
  • Research team
    • Interdisciplinary (representing at least two distinct departments)
  • Proposed budget with brief explanation
    • Personnel
    • Equipment
    • Travel
    • Other

Researchers should email a completed application to ccbs@osu.edu

Interested research teams will first submit a brief proposal, outlined above. Upon review of proposals, the Center will issue invitations for full proposals from leading teams. 


Full Proposals

Winning PIs will be invited to submit a full proposal for award consideration. A full proposal should consist of the following elements:

  • 5 pages research description
    • Single space
    • 1” margins on all sides
    • Min 11-point font
    • Space includes figures
    • References can be included on separate pages
  • Bio sketches of senior personnel
  • Itemized budget
  • Plans to develop external grant submission using data collected from seed grant

Email complete proposals to ccbs@osu.edu by April 8, 2022.