Over the next several years, the FAS Research Development group will track and disseminate all funding opportunities related to the  BRAIN InitiativeThese funding opportunities will be sent to a targeted list of faculty. That list includes  faculty affiliates  of the  Center for Brain Science  (CBS) and the  Mind Brain Behavior  (MBB) Interfaculty Initiative. This project is being carried out in collaboration with the Center for Brain Science. All opportunities will be archived and recipients may unsubscribe at any time. For additional Research Development support (finding funding, proposal development resources, etc.), please visit the Research Development website.

Funding Opportunities
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: January 23, 2017 and October 13, 2017
OSP Deadlines: January 16, 2017 and October 6, 2017 
Award Information:  Application budgets are not limited but must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years. Issuing IC and partner components intend to commit an estimated total of $5M per year to fund 3-5 Specialized Collaboratories. 
 
This FOA intends to assemble a group of Specialized Collaboratories that will adopt scalable technology platforms and streamlined workflows to accelerate progress towards establishing reference cell atlases of human brain and/or non-human primate brains. A central goal of this and the three companion FOAs is to build a brain cell census resource that can be widely used throughout the research community.   

Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested): December 23, 2016 
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 23, 2017 
OSP Deadline: January 16, 2017  
Award Information:  Application budgets are not limited but must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years. Issuing IC and partner components intend to commit an estimated total of $3M per year to fund 1 award. 
 
This FOA intends to support a Brain Cell Data Center (BCDC) that will work with other BICCN Centers and interested researchers to establish a web-accessible information system to capture, store, analyze, curate, and display all data and metadata on brain cell types, and their connectivity. The BCDC is expected to: (1) lead the effort to establish spatial and semantic standards for managing heterogeneous brain cell census data types and information; (2) lead the effort to collect and register multimodal brain cell census data to common brain coordinate systems; (3) generate searchable 2D and 3D digital brain atlases for cell census data; and (4) generate a unified and comprehensive brain cell knowledge base that integrates all existing brain cell census data and information across diverse repositories. A central goal of this and the three companion FOAs is to build a brain cell census resource that can be widely used throughout the research community. 

BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Network (BICCN): Comprehensive Center on Mouse Brain Cell Atlas (U19)
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested): December 23, 2016 
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 23, 2017 
OSP Deadline: January 16, 2017  
Award Information:  Application budgets are not limited but must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years. Issuing IC and partner components intend to commit an estimated total of $18M per year to fund 1-4 Comprehensive Centers and 2-6 Specialized Centers. 
 
This FOA intends to assemble a group of Comprehensive Centers that will adopt scalable technology platforms and streamlined workflows to generate a comprehensive 3D brain cell reference atlas encompassing molecular, anatomical, and physiological annotations of brain cell types in mouse, and incorporate additional genetic and other advanced cell-specific targeting approaches and tools to facilitate this goal. A central goal of this and the three companion FOAs is to build a brain cell census resource that can be widely used throughout the research community. 

Sponsor Deadlines for Letters of Intent (requested): December 23, 2016 and September 13, 2017 
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: January 23, 2017 and October 13, 2017
OSP Deadlines: January 16, 2017 and October 6, 2017  
Award Information:  Application budgets are not limited but must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years. Issuing IC and partner components intend to commit an estimated total of $18M per year to fund 2-6 Specialized Collaboratories and 1-4 Comprehensive Centers.
 
This FOA intends to support a Specialized Collaboratory that will adopt scalable technology platforms and streamlined workflows to generate a comprehensive 3D brain cell reference atlas encompassing molecular, anatomical, and physiological annotations of brain cell types in mice, and incorporate additional genetic and other advanced cell-specific targeting approaches and tools to facilitate this goal.   A central goal of this and the three companion FOAs is to build a brain cell census resource that can be widely used throughout the research community. 

Technical Assistance Note
On November 18 (Friday), 1 pm Eastern Time, an interactive technical assistance webinar will be held for investigators who are interested in information about the structure of collaborations, topics of interest or programmatic requirements of these FOAs. Potential applicants are strongly advised to solicit Program feedback from Dr. Yong Yao, yyao@mail.nih.gov,the NIMH Scientific/Research Contact,  well in advance of the application due date to determine whether their proposed studies align with the FOA purpose and to request instructions for accessing the webinar.

Additional Information
Questions about this newsletter or proposal submission may be directed to:

Jennifer Corby
Research Development Officer
jcorby@fas.harvard.edu | 617-495-1590

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