National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council

What is the Advisory Council?

Each Institute of the National Institutes of Health maintains a national advisory council which has two general functions: (1) to advise the Institute on policy and procedures affecting the extramural research programs and (2) to provide a second level of review for all grant and cooperative agreement applications considered by the Institute for funding. Except for fellowships, the NINDS may not award a grant unless it has been recommended for support by the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NANDS) Council.

The NANDS Council meets regularly three times a year: in early February, late May, and mid-September. Each meeting of the NANDS Council is about one and one half days long. A portion of this meeting is open to the public and the remainder is a closed confidential session devoted primarily to the review of applications.

In addition to application review, the NINDS Director utilizes the expertise and experience of NANDS Council members for activities such as the following:

  • Program planning
  • Concept clearance for NINDS initiatives
  • Review of Board of Scientific Counselor reports on intramural research programs
  • Review of objectives, priorities and accomplishments of the Institute's extramural program

The NANDSC provides the final review for all applications for research grants, training grants, and career development awards assigned to the NINDS, as well as for other requests for support for which Council approval is required by law.  The NANDSC also provides clearance for concepts for new NINDS research initiatives involving set-aside funds.

Schedule of Upcoming Meetings

Meeting Dates Location
September 4 – 5, 2024 Neuroscience Center Building
February 12 – February 13, 2025 Virtual Meeting
May 14 – May 15, 2025 Neuroscience Center Building
September 3 – September 4, 2025 Neuroscience Center Building
February 11 - February 12, 2026 Virtual Meeting
May 20 - May 21, 2026 Neuroscience Center Building
September 9 - September 10, 2026 Neuroscience Center Building

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Past Meetings

Event details include meeting agendas, minutes and videocast when available.

May 15-16, 2024
February 14-15, 2024
September 6, 2023
May 31 - June 1, 2023
February 1-2, 2023
September 7-8, 2022
May 18-19, 2022
February 2-3, 2022
November 29, 2021
September 9-10, 2021
May 26-27, 2021
February 3-4, 2021
September 9-10, 2020
May 27-28, 2020
February 5-6, 2020
September 4-5, 2019
May 23-24, 2019
February 14-15, 2019
September 12-13, 2018
May 24, 2018
February 1, 2018
September 7, 2017
May 18, 2017
February 9, 2017
September 15, 2016
May 26-27, 2016
February 4-5, 2016
September 10-11, 2015

Archived Meeting Agendas
Archived Meeting Minutes


Resources and Tools


Tim Lyden | Council Program Specialist, Office of Extramural Administration


Related Topics 

NANDSC Membership Roster

NANDS Working Group for Neural Exposome Top Priorities (NEXT)

NANDSC Working Group for Fundamental Neuroscience

NANDSC Working Group for Health Disparities and Inequities

NANDSC Working Group for ME/CFS Research

NANDSC Press Releases

NANDSC Meetings

Director's Updates to Council