Since the BRAIN Initiative's launch in 2013, FAS Research Development has disseminated information via this newsletter about all of the funding opportunities related to the initiative. We send this newsletter to a targeted list of faculty, including  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.  Please feel free to forward this newsletter  to interested colleagues. All Harvard University faculty and administrators may subscribe here , and recipients may unsubscribe at any time. For an archive of past newsletters, or for information about additional Research Development support (finding funding, proposal development resources, etc.), please visit the Research Development website .  
Funding Opportunities
OSP Deadline:  5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadlines: May 1, 2018; October 29, 2018; May 1, 2019; October 29, 2019; May 1, 2020; October 29, 2020
Award Information: Up to $300,000; n o more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year. Awards are for 2 years of support. NIH intends to fund an estimated 10-15 awards per fiscal year, corresponding to a total of $5M over the 2-year project period.
This FOA seeks applications for unique and innovative technologies in an early stage of development that are designed to record or manipulate neural activity on a scale beyond what is currently possible. This includes new and untested ideas that are still being conceptualized. 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 
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling for Conference and EAGER grants
Award Information: Conference budget requests should be commensurate with the scope of the convening, and  should generally be submitted at least a year in advance of the scheduled date. EAGER requests may be for up to $300,000 and up to 2 years in duration.
The  Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NCS) program supports projects that provide new empirical insights, expand theoretical understanding, facilitate development of computational and bioengineered systems, promote new educational approaches, and generate new hypotheses that connect physical, biological, and cognitive mechanisms.  With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the NSF seeks to stimulate work in educational neuroscience in the NCS program, noting that advances in neural systems can have significant implications for research on education. NCS considers education to include learning in any context (e.g., from formal settings such as schools or workforce training programs to informal settings such as in museums, homes, or on-line environments), by people at any age, and concerning any content material appropriate for NSF. As NCS is a basic research program, the output of proposed projects need not have a direct and immediate impact on practice. Rather, the short-term goal of projects should be to advance the research literature. A broader impact of the projects should be to help foster the growth of such a multidisciplinary community of researchers.

In addition to the three proposal types solicited in the original NCS solicitation (Foundations, Frontiers and Core+ Supplements), NSF is also interested in supporting capacity-building proposals through conference proposals and Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals:
  • Conference proposals seek support to conduct highly-focused conferences or workshops on topics in educational neuroscience related to the research goals of the NCS program.
  • The EAGER proposal type may be used to support exploratory work in its early stages. Interested investigators must contact an NCS program director whose expertise is germane to the proposal topic prior to submission of an EAGER proposal. 
News & Announcements
Questions about this newsletter or proposal submission may be directed to:

Jennifer Corby
Research Development Officer | 617-495-1590

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