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Funding News - Neurotechnology Research, Development, and Enhancement Sought

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for neurotechnology research, development, and enhancement. This announcement is made together with 7 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is supported by 2 grant funding mechanisms: R21 and R01.*

In biomedicine, new tools and approaches often make possible tremendous advances in research on health and disease, and sometimes shift the manner in which such research is undertaken and results are interpreted. The brain, and its product and behavior, represent a spectacularly complex system. Despite this, brain and behavioral sciences are rapidly advancing, with important discoveries coming to light daily. These discoveries will improve understanding of healthy brain function and offer promise to the millions suffering from brain disorders of all types. To accelerate the pace of discovery, new tools and approaches are needed.

Examples of hardware, software, and wetware appropriate for this announcement include, but are not limited to: informatics tools for analyzing, organizing, querying, integrating, sharing, or visualizing data about the brain or behavior; genetic approaches to study structure or function of neural circuits in animal models; non-invasive methods for in vivo tracking of implanted cells; tools for real-time analysis of neurophysiological events; probes of brain gene expression that can be imaged non-invasively; tools, technologies, and algorithms for neuroprosthesis development; tools to enhance visualization of specific brain markers; new methods or agents to study neural connectivity in living or postmortem brain; devices for non-invasive diagnosis and precise identification of pathogens involved in central and peripheral neural infectious diseases; non-invasive optical imaging approaches; technologies for detection, intervention, and prevention of acute, adverse neurological events; biomarkers to indicate existence of, or change in, brain disorders; and technologies to facilitate high-throughput analysis of behavior.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Daofen Chen, Program Director, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2131, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-496-1917; fax: 301-402-1501; e-mail:

*For a full list of supporting NIH components and a more detailed description of this announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: (R21), or (R01).