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):  January 1, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 1, 2017
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2017 
Award Information:  Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 3 years. NINDS and partner components intend to commit an estimated total of $5.8M to fund 5 awards.
 
Invasive surgical procedures provide the unique ability to record and stimulate neurons within precisely localized brain structures in humans.  Human studies using invasive technology are often constrained by a limited number of patients and resources available to implement complex experimental protocols and are rarely aggregated in a manner that addresses research questions with appropriate statistical power.  Therefore, this FOA seeks applications to assemble integrated, multi-disciplinary teams to overcome these fundamental barriers.  Projects should investigate high-impact questions in human neuroscience and disorders of the human nervous system.  The research should be offered as experimental projects, or exploratory research and planning activities, for building teams, generating data and empirical results that will later compete for continued funding under new or ongoing FOAs of the BRAIN Initiative or under NIH Institute appropriations.
   
Projects should maximize opportunities to conduct innovative in vivo neuroscience research made available by direct access to brain recording and stimulating from invasive surgical procedures. 

Awardees will join a consortium work group, coordinated by the NIH, to identify consensus standards of practice as well as supplemental opportunities to collect and provide data for ancillary studies, and to aggregate and standardize data for dissemination among the wider scientific community.

OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Award Information:  Application budgets are limited to no more than the amount of the current parent award, and must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Direct costs for individual administrative supplements vary from less than $5,000 to more than $100,000 depending on the career level of the candidate. Administrative supplements end with the currently funded competitive cycle of the parent grant. Budget requests may also be limited by the awarding IC. See  Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts  for more details. 
 
On November 18th, NIH published a Notice encouraging eligible awardees in the BRAIN Initiative community to apply for administrative supplements in response to  PA-16-288 , "Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research." The NIH has a strong interest in the diversity of the NIH-funded workforce (see  NOT-OD-15-053  for details) and encourages institutions to diversify their student populations by enhancing the participation of individuals from groups identified as nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences (see  NOT-OD-15-089  for categories and definitions). 

The NIH diversity supplement program offers an opportunity for existing BRAIN awardees to request additional funds to train and mentor the next generation of researchers from underrepresented groups who will contribute to advancing the goals of the BRAIN Initiative. Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PDs/PIs) of active BRAIN Initiative research program grants are thus encouraged to identify individuals from groups nationally underrepresented to support and mentor under the auspices of the administrative supplement program to promote diversity. Individuals from the identified groups are eligible throughout the continuum from high school to the faculty level. The activities proposed in the supplement application must fall within the scope of the parent grant, and both advance the objectives of the parent grant and support the research training and professional development of the supplement candidate.

Applications will be considered according to the following schedule:

Application Due Date                                    Funding Decision
December 1, 2016 to February 15, 2017          March 31, 2017
February 16, 2017 to March 30, 2017              May 15, 2017
April 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017                         July 15, 2017 

Awarding Institutes may have specific practices for diversity supplements; t herefore, consultation with the Program Official for the qualifying BRAIN award is strongly encouraged. For tracking purposes, applicants are encouraged to inform Dr. Nancy Desmond via email (Nancy.Desmond@nih.gov) when a diversity supplement application is submitted.  

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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