RS MacDonald Seedcorn Fund

RS MacDonald Seedcorn Fund


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Supporting the development of neuroscience research and collaboration

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Small amounts of funding to develop new techniques and ideas

Aim of the fund

The RS MacDonald Seedcorn Fund has been created to support the development of neuroscience research projects and collaboration at the University of Edinburgh. Projects that enhance links between the philanthropically funded centres are especially welcome. This new fund has been established as a result of an award from the RS MacDonald Trust. The annual budget to be disbursed will be £75,000 in 2017 and 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an award from the Edinburgh Neuroscience RS MacDonald Seedcorn Fund:

  • You should be working as a principal investigator or postdoc at the University of Edinburgh (clinical staff should have an honorary contract with the University), or be a member of one of our Philanthropic Centres (if not at the University of Edinburgh)
  • Applications will be given preference if they:
    • Support new/increased collaboration across life course areas (i.e. linking our different philanthropic centres) or further research addressing shared life course mechanisms
    • Foster new collaborations
    • Are likely to lead to substantive future funding from grants or investment
  • Requests for awards of up to £5,000 (£10K in exceptional circumstances, which must be justified) will be considered.
  • This fund is appropriate for clinical and human proposals, as well as fundamental research proposals.
  • Matched funding is welcome but is not required.
  • One third of the funds available will be awarded to postdoctoral researchers since we recognise that awards of this nature are important for career development
  • You will be required to produce an interim report within 3 months, and a final report 11 months, after the funding award date.

Previous Successful Applications

In the inaugural year of this fund, 21 Edinburgh Neuroscience researchers have benefited from a RS MacDonald Seedcorn Fund award, ranging from £500 to £5,000. Applications that can offer a matching funding option have been especially welcomed in the past.

Click here for examples of successful applications.

Participating Philanthropic Centres

You do not need to be a member of one of these centres in order to apply for an RS MacDonald Seedcorn award but applications that engage with members of these centres will be given special consideration.

If you have  questions

The reviewing committee will comprise of members drawn from the following pool:

How to apply

  • The next call will open on 01 March 2018, deadline 31 March 2018
  • Download 2018 application form here
  • Submit the completed application via email to Edinburgh Neuroscience by midnight on the deadline date
  • Successful applicants will be notified within 4 weeks of the deadline
  • Any funds awarded should be spent within 6 months of the award date or they will be forfeited.


The next deadline is 31 March 2018  *Call Now Open*