Call for Proposals: Seed Grants in Society and Neuroscience

December 21, 2020
5:00 PM


All full-time faculty at Columbia University and Barnard College are eligible. Non-faculty, including postdocs and senior PhD students, may apply with the support of a faculty co-investigator.


$25,000 - $50,000 for projects 1-2 years in duration. 


The Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience (PSSN) program invites Letters of Inquiry for interdisciplinary projects that lie at the intersection of neuroscience and the arts, humanities, or social sciences with special priority given to projects with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The program makes an effort to support novel, innovative, and collaborative interdisciplinary research and initiatives unlikely to be supported by more traditional funding sources. For 2021, priority will be given to projects that additionally involve empirical research, the collection of data, or the study of evidence or policy related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


A Letter of Inquiry will be the first step in the application process.  The committee will invite selected applicants to submit a full proposal. Grants will be awarded in late January or early February 2021. Generally, proposals that involve research already in progress, stand-alone events, or curriculum development will not be funded. 

Please submit letters as a PDF or Word file and email to [email protected] with “PSSN Seed Grants – last name of PI” as the subject line. Please refer to the Call for Proposals for additional information. 

Letters of Inquiry should:

  • Be no more than a single page with one-inch margins in 11pt font.
    Please include the title of the proposed project, the principal investigator(s), any co-investigator(s) and their departmental affiliations.
  • Include a short summary of the project, a brief statement of interdisciplinarity, and should briefly describe the timeline and the total funding amount sought.
  • If your project aligns with the special focus in society, neuroscience, and equity please include a one-paragraph summary describing your project’s connection to diversity, equity, and inclusion.