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 Science Foundation
Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS)
Sponsor Deadline for INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONS LOIs (required): December 10, 2015
Sponsor Deadline for INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONS Applications: January 26, 2016
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information: A range of award sizes is anticipated in each of the proposal classes, depending on the specific collaborative arrangement and research approach of each project. $12.5 to $16.5 million will be made available in FY 2016 to support an estimated 15 to 30 awards. 

In this second phase of the program, Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems is open to proposals to advance the foundations of one or more of the following integrative research themes. Two of the themes are continued from FY15: Neuroengineering and Brain-Inspired Concepts and Designs, and Individuality and Variation. Two additional themes for FY16 are Cognitive and Neural Processes in Realistic, Complex Environments; and Data-Intensive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. Within each theme, advances in theory and methods, technological innovations, educational approaches, research infrastructure, and workforce development are all of significant interest. Proposals must be consistent with the missions of the participating directorates. High-risk, high-payoff approaches are expected. Proposals must directly address risks and how they will be managed, potentially transformative payoffs, and the relationship between the risks and rewards at stake. NSF seeks proposals that are bold and transcend the perspectives and approaches typical of single-discipline research efforts.This cross-directorate program is one element of NSF's broader effort directed at Understanding the Brain, a multi-year activity that includes NSF's participation in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative

INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONS awards (CISE, EHR, ENG, SBE) will support projects that develop foundational advances that are deeply connected to a broad scope of important research questions in neural and cognitive systems, and have significant potential for transformative advances in one or more of the integrative thematic areas.

CORE+ SUPPLEMENTS (CISE, EHR, and ENG Directorates) will provide additional support to new or existing projects in the participating directorates, to enable additional activities that will connect those projects to significant new integrative opportunities in neural and cognitive systems. These supplements are intended to build on NSF-funded projects in other disciplines, to bring new approaches or capabilities emerging from other fields into cognitive science, neuroscience, and neuroengineering, or to enable other kinds of synergistic connections that will advance one or more of the integrative themes. A request for a CORE+ SUPPLEMENT may be submitted in either of two ways: (1) Proposers may include a CORE+ SUPPLEMENT activity as a component of a new (or renewal) proposal submitted to the CISE, EHR, or ENG directorate, requesting additional funds of up to $200,000; or (2) Investigators holding an existing award managed by CISE, EHR, or ENG may submit a post-award request for supplemental funding of up to 20% of the existing award, not to exceed $200,000. Contact your cognizant program officer or directorate contact prior to submitting a CORE+ SUPPLEMENT request.
National Institutes of Health
Informational Webinar for BRAIN Initiative: Pre-Applications for Industry Partnerships to Provide Early Access to Devices for Stimulation and Recording in the Human Central Nervous System (X02)
Informational Webinar Date: October 30, 2015 at 3:30pm EST

To provide technical assistance to prospective applicants for the optional pre-application for PAR-NS-15-345 BRAIN Initiative: Pre-Applications for Industry Partnerships to Provide Early Access to Devices for Stimulation and Recording in the Human Central Nervous System (X02), NIH will be hosting a webinar on October 30, 2015 at 3:30pm EST.
To register for the webinar, and to submit questions, please email BRAIN-FOAs@nih.gov by Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
National Institutes of Health
Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Blueprint for Neuroscience Research: Training in Computational Neuroscience, From Biology to Model and Back Again (T90/R90)
Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: January 2016   
First Estimated Application Due Date: March 2016  

The NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research intends to reissue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the "Training in Computational Neuroscience: From Biology to Model and Back Again (T90/R90)" (RFA-DA-11-005). NIH published this Notice to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful training program collaborations that will link research training and research education for responsive applications. The purpose of the upcoming FOA is to establish new research training and research education programs in computational neuroscience, and to support the continuation of meritorious existing programs, for undergraduate and predoctoral level students. It is intended that programs will provide research training and research education in both experimental neuroscience and in the theories and principles of the physical, computer, mathematical, or engineering sciences that are necessary to develop models, test them experimentally, and use experimental data to refine the models of normal or disordered neural systems or processes. Programs are further expected to stimulate interactions among training faculty from multiple disciplines and departments and to foster development of an integrated curriculum in computational neuroscience at the applicant institution.

The FOA is expected to be published by the end of Winter 2016 with an anticipated application due date in Spring 2016. Awards will provide up to 5 years of support.
Additional Information:

BRAIN Update: Multiple Partnerships Support BRAIN Initiative Human Research Opportunities (10/13/15)

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