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
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested):  30 days prior to the Full Proposal deadline 
OSP Deadline:  5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: March 15, 2018; July 17, 2018; July 15, 2019
Award Information:  The combined budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $450,000. No more than $225,000 may be requested in any single year. The maximum project period is 2 years. BRAIN Initiative and partner  components  intend to commit an estimated total of $2.5M to fund 10 awards. 
This R34 FOA solicits applications that offer a limited scope of aims and an approach that will establish feasibility, validity, or other technically qualifying results that, if successful, would support, enable, and/or lay the groundwork for a potential, subsequent Targeted Brain Circuits Projects - TargetedBCP R01, as described in the companion FOA ( RFA-NS-18-009). Applications should be exploratory research projects that use innovative, methodologically-integrated approaches to understand how circuit activity gives rise to mental experience and behavior.
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent (requested):  30 days prior to the Full Proposal deadline 
OSP Deadline:  5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadlines for Full Proposals: February 23, 2018; June 6, 2018; October 4, 2018; February 6, 2019; June 4, 2019; October 4, 2019; February 6, 2020; June 4, 2020; October 6, 2020
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. 
NIH anticipates providing $5M per year to fund an estimated 5 to 10 awards.
A central goal of the BRAIN Initiative is to develop new and improved perturbation technologies suitable for controlling specified cell types and circuits to modulate function in the central nervous system. This FOA seeks applications to systematically characterize, model, and validate the membrane, cellular, circuit, and adaptive-biological responses of neuronal and non-neuronal cells to various types of stimulation. Development of new technologies and therapies, as well as of disease models are outside the scope of this FOA. However, activities related to combining multiple recording modalities are allowed. As part of this program, investigators will be required to participate in a consortium to develop standards and model systems for the evaluation of current and next generation neuromodulation technologies.
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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