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
OSP Deadline: October 19, 2017 
Award Information:  The combined direct cost budget for the 2-year project period may not exceed $300,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year.  NIH intends to fund an estimated 10-15 awards in Fiscal Year 2018, corresponding to a total of $5 million over the two-year project period.
This FOA seeks applications for unique and innovative technologies at an early stage of development, including new and untested ideas that are in the initial stages of conceptualization.  In addition to experimental approaches, the support provided under this FOA might enable calculations, simulations, computational models, or other mathematical techniques for demonstrating that the signal sources and/or measurement technologies are theoretically capable of meeting the demands of large-scale recording or manipulation of circuit activity in humans or in animal models. The support might also be used for building and testing phantoms, prototypes, in-vitro or other bench-top models in order to validate underlying theoretical assumptions in preparation for future FOAs aimed at testing in animal models.

Invasive or non-invasive approaches are sought that will ultimately enable or reduce the current barriers to large-scale recording or manipulation of neural activity, and that would ultimately be compatible with experiments in humans or behaving animals. Applications are encouraged from any qualified individuals, including physicists, engineers, theoreticians, and scientists, especially those not typically involved with neuroscience research.

OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Award Information:  Application budgets are limited to $25,000 direct cost for Collaborative Research Funds, and $35,000 direct cost for Workshop Funds.  The project and budget periods must be within the currently approved project period for the existing parent award.
NIH announces the continuation of the U.S. entity of the U.S.-Japan Brain Research Cooperative Program (BRCP). This administrative supplement program will provide funds to research projects that are currently supported by the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.  The purpose of the BRCP is to promote scientist exchange, training, and collaborations in basic, translational and clinical research between neuroscientists from the U.S. and Japan.  The U.S. entity of the BRCP supports the following activities:

1) Visit of U.S. scientists to conduct collaborative research and/or to acquire advanced research skills in Japanese institutions.
2) Joint workshops to exchange scientific information and to foster collaborations.

Awardees of projects funded by the NIH BRAIN Initiative ( braininitiative.nih.gov/) are encouraged to submit supplement requests for collaborative efforts that are within scope of this FOA and NIH's goals for the BRAIN Initiative, as defined by the strategic planning report,  BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision.  Investigators are encouraged to contact potential collaborators participating in related Japan efforts such as the Brain/MINDS project ( http://brainminds.jp/en/). 
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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