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 Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested):  February 8, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: March 8, 2017
OSP Deadline: March 1, 2017 
Award Information:  Application budgets are not limited but need to 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 $7M to fund 10 awards.
 
This FOA solicits applications for research projects that use innovative, methodologically-integrated approaches to understand how circuit activity gives rise to mental experience and behavior. The goal is to support projects that can realize a meaningful outcome within 5 years. Applications should address circuit function in the context of specific neural systems such as sensation, perception, attention, reasoning, intention, decision-making, emotion, navigation, communication or homeostasis. Projects should link theory and data analysis to experimental design and should produce predictive models as deliverables. Projects should aim to improve the understanding of circuits of the central nervous system by systematically controlling stimuli and/or behavior while actively recording and/or manipulating dynamic patterns of neural activity.  Projects can use non-human animal species, and applications should explain how the selected species offers ideal conditions for revealing general principles about the circuit basis of a specific behavior.

Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested):  February 8, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: March 8, 2017
OSP Deadline: March 1, 2017 
Award Information:  The combined budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $275,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year. The maximum project period is 2 years. Issuing IC and partner components intend to commit an estimated total of $2M to fund 10 awards.
 
This FOA solicits applications for exploratory research projects that use innovative, methodologically-integrated approaches to understand how circuit activity gives rise to mental experience and behavior. Applications should offer a limited scope of aims and an approach that will establish feasibility, validity or other technically qualifying results that, if successful, would support a potential, subsequent Targeted Brain Circuits Projects - TargetedBCP R01, as described in the companion FOA listed above.

Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested):  30 days prior to the application deadline
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: March 1, 2017; October 17, 2017
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Award Information:  Application budgets are not limited but need to 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 $12.5M to fund approximately 5 awards.
 
This FOA will support integrated, interdisciplinary research teams from prior BRAIN technology and/or integrated approaches teams, and/or new projects from the research community that focus on examining circuit functions related to behavior, using advanced and innovative technologies.  The goal will be to support programs with a team science approach that can realize meaningful outcomes within 5-plus years.  Awards will be made for 5 years, with a possibility of one competing renewal.  Applications should address overarching principles of circuit function in the context of specific neural systems underlying sensation, perception, emotion, motivation, cognition, decision-making, motor control, communication, or homeostasis.  Applications should incorporate theory-/model-driven experimental design and should offer predictive models as deliverables. Applications should seek to understand circuits of the central nervous system by systematically controlling stimuli and/or behavior while actively recording and/or manipulating relevant dynamic patterns of neural activity and by measuring the resulting behaviors and/or perceptions.  Applications are expected to employ approaches guided by specified theoretical constructs, and are encouraged to employ quantitative, mechanistic models where appropriate. Applications will be required to manage their data and analysis methods in a prototype framework that will be developed and used in the proposed U19 project and exchanged with other U19 awardees for further refinement and development. Model systems, including the possibility of multiple species ranging from invertebrates to humans, can be employed and should be appropriately justified. Budgets should be commensurate with multi-component teams of research expertise - including neurobiologists, statisticians, physicists, mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists, and data scientists, as appropriate - that seek to cross boundaries of interdisciplinary collaboration.

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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