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Funding News - Research Sought on Brain Disorders in the Developing World

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites grant applications for research on brain disorders across the lifespan that are relevant to developing countries. This announcement is made together with 9 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the National Association of Autism Research (NAAR).*

The purposes of this announcement are to encourage multidisciplinary collaborative approaches to identify and address brain disorders of particular importance to low- and middle-income countries; address brain disorders of significance to developing nations by promoting international cooperation between scientists and institutions in these countries and investigators in the United States and other developed nations who are pursuing relevant research programs; and build and enhance the research capacity of developing nations to identify and address relevant brain/neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan.

Areas of research interest include, but are not limited to: research on neurodevelopmental disabilities and neurological disorders, including cognitive, motor, sensory and behavioral impairment from birth to advanced age; basic research and epidemiology; and research on early interventions, clinical treatment, prevention, and health services that are culturally appropriate, feasible, and acceptable for implementation within the foreign country. Also encouraged is the development of multidisciplinary research. Expertise may involve but is not limited to fields such as neurology, cognitive neuroscience, developmental neurobiology, neurotoxicology, neuroendocrinology, pharmacology, psychiatry, neuroimmunology, neurovirology, biotechnology, and behavioral and social sciences.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Yuan Liu, Chief, Office of International Activities, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2187, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-496-1917;
fax: 301-402-1501; e-mail:

*For a full list of supporting components and a more detailed description of this program announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: