NSF seeks proposals for research in neuroscience and cognitive science

In keeping with President Obama’s neuroscience initiative, NSF is seeking proposals with the potential to transform these areas of research in four broad thematic areas.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) released a Dear Colleague letter on March 4 aimed at “accelerating integrative research in neuroscience and cognitive science,” or AIR-NCS. (See the full text on the agency’s website). In keeping with President Obama’s neuroscience initiative, with which APA’s Science Government Relations Office has been actively involved, NSF is seeking proposals with the potential to transform these areas of research “across disciplines and across spatial and temporal scales of analysis” in four broad thematic areas: adaptation to changing environments; mechanisms underlying dynamic decisions and communication within and across scales; neural representations and coding; and technologies for discovering, analyzing and modeling brain function, neural coding and circuits. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact program officers in advance to discuss the announcement.

For more information on this issue contact Heather O’Beirne Kelly.