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Bioengineering Research Grants

Research @ NINDS
Neural Technology

Nick Langhals, Ph.D.
Program Director
Neural Engineering

Felipe Aguel, Ph.D.
Program Director
Translational Bioengineering

James Gnadt, Ph.D.
Program Director
Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience

Daofen Chen, Ph.D.
Program Director
Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience

Linda McGavern, Ph.D.
Program Manager
Translational Cooperative Program

Stephanie Fertig, M.B.A.
Program Manager
Small Business Program

Yuan Liu, Ph.D.
Program Director
Office of Translational Research

David Jett, Ph.D.
Program Director
CounterACT Program

Guidelines for NINDS Participation in the Bioengineering Research Program Announcements

NINDS accepts applications for Exploratory/Developmental Bioengineering Research Grants (EBRG), Bioengineering Research Grants (BRG), and Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP) that address technology development specific to the NINDS mission of basic and translational research to reduce the burden of neurological diseases. These NIBIB-sponsored announcements are part of several programs at NINDS for neural engineering (see page below).

Areas of Interest:

NINDS will entertain bioengineering applications if they focus on technology development relevant to normal or disordered neural function and to the prevention, repair or replacement of compromised neural function. The EBRG, BRG and BRP represent a continuum of project scale, feasibility and applicability from small, exploratory proposals to large, translational partnerships. The EBRG mechanism should be used to explore pilot projects to address feasibility for a subsequent BRP application. The BRG mechanism is preferred for combining focused research groups to test investigative hypotheses about basic technology development and early-/mid-stage refinement of technology performance. Innovative combinations of disciplines, techniques, and newly collaborating research groups are encouraged. BRP applications should bring together more expansive partnerships among investigative, biomedical and bioengineering disciplines to achieve well-defined goals or deliverables. For example, partnerships might span academic entities (biological, bioengineering, biomedical groups), device industries, commercial distribution companies, medical instrument concerns, small business companies, etc. to accomplish translation of well-developed technology to applied feasibility or commercialization. Final stages of translation for FDA investigational device exemption (IDE) and early-stage clinical trials might be a candidate for one of the NINDS U01/U44 cooperative agreement programs (see below).

Budget Guidelines:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their research and application plans with an appropriate Program Director (see below) prior to submission. Applications with budgets exceeding $500,000 in any fiscal year must be pre-approved for acceptance by review of the NINDS Extramural Science Committee ( Inquires should be made at least 6 weeks prior to application deadlines. Applications with budgets exceeding $1,000,000 in any fiscal year must be rigorously justified and pre-approved for acceptance by review of the NINDS Council ( policy). Inquires should be made at least 3 months prior to application deadlines.

Other NINDS Neural Technology Programs:

Other NINDS programs relevant to translational technology development (excluding drug development) include:

NINDS Program Contact

Inquiries about the Bioengineering family of grants (EBRG, BRG, BRP) and other technology development or quantitatively focused grants at NINDS can be directed to the Program Directors listed to the right. Referrals will be made among the Division of Extramural Research clusters and offices of Program Directors as appropriate.

Program Contact for the Bioengineering Research Program Announcements

Nick Langhals, Ph.D.
Program Director
Neural Engineering
Neuroscience Center, Room 2213
6001 Executive Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20892

Last Modified January 29, 2016