Seed Grants

Brains & Behavior Seed Grants promote research in neuroscience and behavior at Georgia State University.  Seed Grants are in amounts up to $30,000 for one calendar year and are intended to support research that will lead directly to the submission of an extramural research grant application. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged, although no longer required. The PI can be any tenured or tenure-track faculty at Georgia State University, provided they satisfy the new participation requirements, which are meant to insure that every B&B Seed Grant participant will be competitive as an extramural grant applicant.


General Annual Timeline for Seed Grants:

Call for Applications ~ January 7th

Applications Due ~ February 27th

Funding Period ~ July 1st – June 30th

Progress Reports Due ~ December after funding has ended.

2018 Seed Grant Awardees

Elliott Albers - Neuroscience -

Collection of preliminary data for submission of an NIH R01 application to NIDA to investigate The role of Oxytocin in Social and Drug Award.


Benoit Chassaing - Neuroscience -

Impact of dietary emulsifier-mediated alteration of the intestinal microbiota on brain and behavior.


Nancy Forger- Neuroscience -

Role of the microbiota in brain development.



Markus Germann- Chemistry -

RNA Quadruplexes, therapeutic targets for neurological diseases.


William Hopkins - Neuroscience -

Using gene expression studies to identify candidate genes for joint attention, an autism phenotypes.


Chun Jiang - Biology -

Gaboxadol application in Rett syndrome models for symptom alleviation.


Martin Norgaard - Music -

The Effects of Musical Improvisation Instruction on Sequence Learning.


Andrea Scarantino - Philosophy -

Emotional expressions as speech act analogs: What do faces tell us.


Andrey Shilnikov - Neuroscience

Stability and resilience of rhythm-generating neural circuits.


Erin Tone - Psychology -

Anxiety as a modulator of affective, behavioral and neural processes in social decision-making.


Bingzhong Xue - Biology -

Sensory neuron ghrelin signaling regulates metabolic homeostasis.