UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) and
UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program
The Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program of the Cousins Center for PNI, UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior, co-funded by the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, supports new and innovative research in the area of brain, behavior and immunity that builds bridges between basic biomedical science and clinical sciences.
The call for proposal is designed to foster new partnerships in PNI research at two principal levels:
- Collaborative partnerships between two or more faculty, with at least one faculty new to PNI research; successful projects would establish linkages between PNI and areas of expertise novel to the field and/or develop innovative technologies or approaches to advance PNI research
- Mentoring partnerships between junior faculty new to PNI and at least one established PNI researcher, with an emphasis on faculty career development in the area of PNI.
The broad goals of the Cousins Center are to develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of behavior and PNI mechanisms, singly and in combination with personal and genomic characteristics, in the risk for mental-and physical disorders; and to translate such knowledge into effective behavioral strategies that prevent disease and enhance well-being across the life span.
Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Awards are expected to:
- Lead to larger projects that will be appropriate for independent funding from a government agency or private foundation
- Result in at least one peer-reviewed publication.
To apply, applicants must hold a UCLA faculty position and/or faculty position at a UCLA affiliate. Researchers or emerging investigators focused on health disparities and/or disabilities are encouraged to apply.
For information on our Seed Grant Program and to view a list of previous recipients, please click here .
Additional Requirements: Presentations at CTSI’s annual research day are encouraged.
Successful applicant PIs must provide their field of specialization, their NIH Commons ID and their IRB and/or IACUC numbers, if applicable, before funds are released. Recipients must credit NCRR and NCATS and cite grant number UL1TR000124 in publications that result from Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Awards. During the award period and for up to five years post-award, awardees must provide the following information to the Cousins Center and the UCLA CTSI by Nov. 30 each year: (1) all publications that resulted from CTSI-supported research, with PubMed ID; and (2) all PHS and non-PHS federal support that contributed to or resulted from the CTSI-supported research.
Please direct LOI submission questions to Marina Samaltanos at Msamaltanos@mednet.ucla.edu  . Questions about CTSI can be directed to the Office of Investigator Services at 310-794-CTSI.
Michael R. Irwin, M.D., Cousins Professor
Director, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Steven M. Dubinett, M.D.
Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute Senior Associate Dean,
Translational Research Associate Vice Chancellor for Research