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Posted on December 17, 2013

NIH announces first funding opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative!

Link to BRAIN Funding OpportunitiesToday, NIH is excited to release six new funding opportunities in support of the BRAIN Initiative. These announcements were developed in response to one or more of the high priority research areas  identified by the ACD BRAIN Working Group. Collectively, these opportunities focus on advancing our technological capabilities for understanding how circuits of interacting neurons function to create behavior, with the ultimate goal of improving our scientific foundation for the diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.

These initial investments will total $40 million in Fiscal Year 2014.  Two announcements focus on developing methods for classifying and accessing the diverse cells and circuits of the brain; three of the announcements focus on developing and optimizing technologies for recording and modulating collections of cells that function together as a circuit; and the final announcement supports the formation of interdisciplinary teams of scientists to develop the next generation of non-invasive imaging technologies for human research.

Read the news release: NIH announces six funding opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative in fiscal 2014, December 17, 2013
Read more about each specific announcement.

12 comments to NIH announces first funding opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative!

  • Smithesh

    This is Smithesh K.S. I just would like to check with you if you are looking any Bipolar Patient for any study/research. I have been suffering from this ill for quite long. Basic issue is mood changing for certain months, Can live normal life with high energy for some months, then changing in to deep depression. This situation is rotating. Basicaly I am Indian citizen currently located in India (kerala). But I am really interested participate such research as I know the pain and have been suffering from this ill.

    Looking forward to hear from you

  • Wendy James

    do you think $40 million will be enough or is that just the allowed budget for this research

  • sunil

    This is sunil from india,i just want to say that i really would like to take part in this type of research,i think this opportunity that announces by NIH is mean a lot for all the patients who are suffering from any Brian disorder.

  • Heal City

    Highly appreciated, Great initiative by NIH. Hope this will help to open new doors in treatment of brain disorders.

  • Charles E. Bailey

    I would like to point out something that to my knowledge has not been addressed and may have been overlooked — understanding natural language.
    The proposal does call for accelerating technology development, developing methods for classifying and accessing the diverse cells and circuits of the brain, acquiring tools for fundamental insights, developing methods for classifying and optimizing, recording and modulating cells and circuits, and forming interdisciplinary teams for next generation imaging for human research. But why would anyone care about language? Of course, we use language for thinking about, developing, and optimizing technologies for understanding cells and circuits of cells. We use language to help with cooperative communication and team building skills across interdisciplinary teams. All of these noble ideas depend, at least in part, on natural language.
    The language we use influences the way we think. Science uses language to inform, represent, describe, and explain logical classification methods for understanding nature. Language influences the way we think about logical methods, reliable classifier systems, and the way we understand a system’s dynamics. For example, scientific language relies on possibilities and probability that match the dynamics of the world in which we live. Whereas, dogmatic certitudes and absolutes,”should” and “must” better match a static world.
    It appears that the experts may have taken natural language for granted. Is it possible that language is an overlooked natural resource? Does language perhaps provide the insightful tools for accelerating technology research and development, advancing innovative cooperative communication, and exploring for and exploiting humane behavior? Can we afford to ignore how the language we use influences the way we think? If so, what price are we willing to pay for our ignorance of language? After all, we use language for developing insight. Perhaps understanding how the language use influences the way we think will impart new meaning and insight to translational neuroscience.

  • Charles E. Bailey

    I am curious if any of the principle brain experts read these comments. If so, where does one find their replies?

  • Fred A.

    Thanks to the NIH for the funding. I just hope the money will be utilized appropriately and that something tangible will be got out of this research.

  • Lavarenne

    Brain patient treatment is very costly, and cannot to afford every patient.
    Excellent initiative and hope for brain patient by NIH.

  • elena

    Very interesting!!!
    i really would like to take part in this type of research,

    Looking forward to hear from you

  • Andy

    This is really impressive. As someone who’s father is a neurologist, I can say that the matters of the mind are all too overlooked in grants and studies alike. NIH, great job in getting this together!

  • Donald Wilhelm, III

    I have already developed a plausible brain code theory – at the above website. I would like to have it evaluated by researchers under the BRAIN initiative; what is the procedure for doing this?

  • Cathy

    This is brilliant initiative by NIH. Who knows how many are suffering out there that can really benefit to this kind of initiative. Of course, this is just the first step, much more is needed in the implementation of such. But wishing luck to all.

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