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Funding News - Applications Encouraged to Develop High-Throughput Tools for Brain and Behavior

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) encourage small business innovation research (SBIR) and small business technology transfer (STTR) applications to develop high-throughput tools for brain and behavior.*

Many of the common technologies used in neuroscience and behavioral science research require extensive time, labor, and cost for acquiring and analyzing data.  Therefore, there is a strong need to develop technologies that can make data collection and analysis more efficient, without compromising competency.

Applications considered responsive to this announcement include those proposing research and development of tools for high-throughput measures at any level (or combination of levels) of analysis—from molecules through behavior, including social behavior.   The tools should be aimed at rapid acquisition and analysis of data useful to understanding the brain and behavior.   While the range of tools appropriate for this announcement is wide, responsive applications must propose research and development of tools that would significantly improve the ability to rapidly acquire and analyze the collected data.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Debra Babcock, Program Director, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2108, Bethesda, MD  20892; telephone:  301-496-9964; fax:  301-402-2060; e-mail:

*For a more detailed description of this announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: (SBIR) or (STTR).