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. That list includes 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.
National Institutes of Health
BRAIN Initiative: Theories, Models and Methods for Analysis of Complex Data from the Brain (R01) 
Sponsor Deadline for LOIs (requested): September 21, 2015
Sponsor Deadline for Full Applications: October 21, 2015
OSP Deadline: October 14, 2015
Award Information: expected to range between $150,000 to $250,000 direct costs per year for three years

This FOA solicits new theories, computational models, and statistical methods to derive understanding of brain function from complex neuroscience data. Approaches could include the creation of new theories, ideas, and conceptual frameworks to organize/unify data and infer general principles of brain function; new computational models to develop testable hypotheses and design/drive experiments; and new mathematical and statistical methods to support or refute a stated hypothesis about brain function, and/or assist in detecting features in complex brain data. It is expected that the approaches developed under this FOA will be made widely available to the neuroscience research community for their use and modification.   

National Science Foundation
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)
Sponsor Deadline: October 29, 2015
OSP Deadline: October 22, 2015
Award Information: Research Projects (both domestic and international) are expected to range from approximately $100,000 to $250,000 per year in direct costs, with durations of three to five years. Awards for Data Sharing Projects will be scaled according to the needs of the project; typically they will be smaller in size than research awards.

Computational neuroscience provides a theoretical foundation and a rich set of technical approaches for understanding complex neurobiological systems, building on the theory, methods, and findings of computer science, neuroscience, and numerous other disciplines. Through the CRCNS program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR), and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system.


Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation:

1) Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and

2) Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.


Domestic and international projects will be considered. As detailed in the solicitation, international components of collaborative projects may be funded in parallel by the participating agencies. Opportunities for parallel funding are available for bilateral US-German Research Proposals, US-German Data Sharing Proposals, US-French Research Proposals, US-French Data Sharing Proposals, US-Israel Research Proposals, and multilateral proposals involving the United States and 2 or more additional countries. NSF will coordinate and manage the review of proposals jointly with participating domestic and foreign funding organizations, through a joint panel review process used by all participating funders.     

Additional Information:


NIH BRAIN Update: Realizing BRAIN Initiative Potential at Two Years (8/1/15)


NIMH Director's Blog: The Brain's Critical Balance (7/29/15)


FAS Research Development BRAIN Initiative Archive

Contact Us:
Questions about this announcement or proposal submission may be directed to Jennifer Corby
(jcorby@fas.harvard.edu, 617-495-1590) 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