NINDS invites small business applications to further develop tools for brain and behavioral research—moving them from the laboratory to the marketplace. This announcement is affiliated with the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.
The NIH Blueprint is a framework to enhance cooperative activities among 16 NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices that support research on the nervous system.
NIH invests significantly in new technologies to study the brain and behavior, from basic to clinical perspectives. This investment has produced a large number of technologies that include hardware, software, and wetware. While these technologies are put to good use by their developers, little attention is devoted to making these tools robust and easy-to-use by the broad research community. The goal of this initiative is to help move useful technologies from non-commercial laboratories into the commercial marketplace. Also encouraged are applications for competing renewals of existing Phase II grants to research and develop such technologies. The competing award would provide up to an additional 3 years of support at a total cost funding level of up to $800,000 per year.
Potential applicants should contact Stephanie Fertig, research project manager, Office of Translational Research, NINDS, at 301-496-1779 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-134.html or http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-135.html (competing renewals).