CCB Seed Grant

Mission and Goals

The CCB Seed Grant is a pilot program by the Center on Compulsive Behaviors aimed at providing IRP postdoctoral fellows with an opportunity to move beyond Associate/Lead Associate Investigator roles to take on an official Principal Investigator (PI) role in a NIH grant.

The goal of the CCB Seed Grant program is in line with the CCB mission of creating a community where researchers across the preclinical-clinical divide discuss shared interests and develop joint projects. Thus, the application process for the CCB Seed Grant is highly interactive and collaborative and can serve as a stepping-stone towards the available extramural grants for IRP postdoctoral fellows (e.g., K99/R00).

The CCB Seed Grant offers up to $20,000 to two IRP postdoctoral fellows (at least one should be a CCB fellow/alumni) to carry out a collaborative project with protected research time.

Beginning in 2020, CCB Fellow alumni Dr. Valerie Darcey and Dr. Daria Piacentino conceptualized and spearheaded the development of the CCB Seed Grant, and led the initiative through its first funding cycles which fostered collaboration between CCB post-doctoral fellows.

Call for Applications

Applications for the 2022-2023 cycle is now closed. The next cycle of applications will open in fall/winter 2023. Sign up for the listserv to receive a notification about the next application cycle.


Award Recipients

Katherine Savell, PhD (NIDA) and Adam Caccavano, PhD (NICHD)

2022 - 2023

Project Title:

Transcriptional and functional characterization of interneuron subpopulations within macaque hippocampus and prefrontal cortex

Renata Marchette, PhD (NIDA) and Peter Manza, PhD (NIAAA)

2022 - 2023

Project Title:

A neural circuit selective for fast drug reward

Rosario Jaime-Lara, PhD, FNP-BC (NIAAA) and Rodolfo Flores-Garcia, PhD (NIMH)

2021 - 2022

Project Title:

Establishing a mouse of alcohol drinking during conflict


Seed Grant Contacts

Rodolfo Flores Garcia, Ph.D.
Seed Grant Program Officer

Valerie Darcey, Ph.D., M.S., R.D.
Seed Grant Program Officer

Paule Joseph, CRNP, Ph.D.
Seed Grant Program Director