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
Informational Conference Call about BRAIN Initiative: Theories, Models and Methods for Analysis of Complex Data from the Brain (R01)
Informational Conference Call Date: October 13, 2015 at 2pm EST

To address questions from prospective applicants for the funding opportunity BRAIN Initiative: Theories, Models and Methods for Analysis of Complex Data from the Brain (R01), NIH will be hosting a second informational conference call on October 13, 2015 at 2pm EST.
To receive the call-in information, please RSVP to BRAINTheoriesFOA@mail.nih.gov and send any questions you would like to be addressed.
NIH Program staff will be online to discuss this informational document: http://braininitiative.nih.gov/pdf/Important_INFO_EB-15-006_BRAIN%20_Theories_RFA1_508C.pdf and answer questions. Additional questions should be directed to BRAINTheoriesFOA@mail.nih.gov.

National Institutes of Health
BRAIN Initiative: Research Opportunities Using Invasive Neural Recording and Stimulating Technologies in the Human Brain (U01)
Sponsor Deadline for LOIs (requested): November 15, 2015
Sponsor Deadline for Applications: December 15, 2015
OSP Deadline: December 8, 2015
Award Information: Budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project; project duration is 3 years. NIH intends to fund an estimate of 10 awards, corresponding to a total of up to $11.5M, for fiscal year 2016.

Invasive surgical procedures provide the unique ability to record and stimulate neurons within precisely localized brain structures in humans. Human studies using invasive technology are often constrained by a limited number of patients and resources available to implement complex experimental protocols and are rarely aggregated in a manner that addresses research questions with appropriate statistical power. Therefore, this FOA seeks applications to assemble integrated, multi-disciplinary teams to overcome these fundamental barriers. Projects should investigate high-impact questions in human neuroscience and disorders of the human nervous system. The research should be offered as experimental projects, or exploratory research and planning activities, for building teams, generating data and empirical results that will later compete for continued funding under new or ongoing FOAs of the BRAIN Initiative or under NIH Institute appropriations.
Projects should maximize opportunities to conduct innovative in vivo neuroscience research made available by direct access to brain recording and stimulating from invasive surgical procedures. In the interest of iterative models of discovery, support for complementary animal studies may be allowed if they validate or inform these empirical studies of human physiology or dysfunction. Applicants are expected to employ approaches guided by specified theoretical constructs, and are encouraged to employ quantitative, mechanistic models where appropriate. 

Awardees will join a consortium work group, coordinated by the NIH, to identify consensus standards of practice as well as supplemental opportunities to collect and provide data for ancillary studies, and to aggregate and standardize data for dissemination among the wider scientific community.    
Additional Information:

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