Over the next several years, the FAS Research Development group will track and disseminate all funding opportunities related to the BRAIN Initiative. These funding opportunities will be sent to a targeted list of faculty. The list will include 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.

BRAIN Initiative Funding Opportunities from the National Institutes of Health

National Institutes of Health
BRAIN Initiative: Development and Validation of Novel Tools to Analyze Cell-Specific Processes in the Brain (U01)
Letter of Intent Deadline (Optional): February 18, 2015
Deadline: March 18, 2015 by 5PM
Award Amount: Budgets are not limited but should reflect the needs of the proposed project.  NIH will fund 7-10 awards for a total of up to $5M for FY15.  Awards are for up to 3 years of support.

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to encourage applications that will develop and validate novel tools to facilitate the detailed analysis of complex circuits and provide insights into cellular interactions that underlie brain function. The new tools and technologies should inform and/or exploit cell-type and/or circuit-level specificity. Plans for validating the utility of the tool/technology will be an essential feature of a successful application. The development of new genetic and non-genetic tools for delivering genes, proteins and chemicals to cells of interest or approaches that are expected to target specific cell types and/or circuits in the nervous system with greater precision and sensitivity than currently established methods are encouraged. Tools that can be used in a number of species/model organisms rather than those restricted to a single species are highly desired. Applications that provide approaches that break through existing technical barriers to substantially improve current capabilities are highly encouraged.

National Institutes of Health
BRAIN Initiative: Planning for Next Generation Human Brain Imaging (R24) 
Letter of Intent Deadline (Optional): February 18, 2015
Full Proposal Deadline: March 18, 2015 by 5PM
Award Amount:  Up to$300,000 per year in direct costs for up to 3 years of support

This funding opportunity announcement aims to support planning activities and the initial stages of development of entirely new or next generation brain imaging technologies and methods that will lead to transformative advances in our understanding of the human brain. Applications should focus on planning activities to support the formation and development of interdisciplinary teams that will plan innovative approaches and provide proof of principle initial stage development for breakthrough, noninvasive or minimally invasive imaging technology to measure human brain processes in ways that are currently unachievable via imaging technologies in live persons. The proposed concepts are expected to be high-risk, high-impact, and disruptive.  This FOA will support the formation of interdisciplinary teams from diverse research domains, planning activities such as meetings, data exchange, prototype development projects, and small-scale pilot studies in mammals or humans. The teams should be prepared, by the completion of the R24 award period, to commence fully developing within a follow-on 5 year period the next-generation of brain imaging technology for use in healthy humans.
Additional information:

FAS Research Development Brain Initiative Archive

Contact Us:
Questions about this announcement or proposal submission may be directed to Erin Cromack
(cromack@fas.harvard.edu, 617-496-5252) or Susan Gomes (sgomes@fas.harvard.edu 617-496-9448).


For Research Development Support (Finding Funding, Proposal Development Resources), go to research.fas.harvard.edu/research-development-support