Research funding

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:

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