The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) encourages human brain project applications for research on neuroinformatics. This announcement is made together with 10 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).*
The human brain project is a broadly based federal research initiative. Its goal is to develop novel and innovative web-based capabilities to store, analyze, share, collaborate, integrate, resolve, model, visualize, and interpret the complex experimental data from basic and clinical nervous system research. Neuroinformatics combines neuroscience and informatics research to develop and apply advanced tools and approaches essential for understanding the structure, function, and development of the healthy nervous system-from the genetic to whole-systems level-as well as neurological disorders.
This program announcement consists of two parts: phase I and phase II. Potential topics of research interest for phase I include research feasibility studies on advanced technologies and novel ways to acquire, store, retrieve, manage, analyze, visualize, manipulate, integrate, synthesize, disseminate, and share data about neuroscience research, including tools for electronic collaboration. Research projects for phase II consist of refinement of phase I activities and may include expanded beta testing; improvements and refinement of web-based capabilities; development of appropriate models and simulation capabilities; development of neuroscience grids where necessary and appropriate; and integration with other related web sites through the creation of federations.
For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Yuan Liu, Program Director, Channels, Synapses, and Circuits Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2110, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-496-1917; fax: 301-480-2424; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*For a full list of supporting NIH components and a more detailed description of this program announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-035.html.