NIH invites applications for BRAIN Initiative
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released its first six funding opportunity announcements within the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. This initiative is a multiagency federal effort that was originally proposed by President Obama in his State of the Union address in January 2013.
The six announcements are primarily concerned with the development of new tools for recording brain activity and mapping the brain's circuitry. Some also include a focus on linking neural activity to behavior. NIH expects to spend $40 million on the BRAIN Initiative in fiscal year 2014 (in addition to ongoing funding of brain research).
Rather than using grant mechanisms, funding will take the form of cooperative agreements, which will enable NIH officials to participate in managing the research and facilitating collaborations among the funded projects. All major components of NIH that support neuroscientific and behavioral research are involved in the initiative.
The announcements are:
- BRAIN Initiative: Transformative Approaches for Cell-Type Classification in the Brain
- BRAIN Initiative: Development and Validation of Novel Tools to Analyze Cell-Specific and Circuit Specific Processes in the Brain
- BRAIN Initiative: Planning for Next Generation Human Brain Imaging
- BRAIN Initiative: New Technologies and Novel Approaches for Large-Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System
- BRAIN Initiative: Optimization of Transformative Technologies for Large Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System
- BRAIN Initiative: Integrated Approaches to Understanding Circuit Function in the Nervous System
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