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Expiration Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2022FOA Number: RFA-NS-22-059Release Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022Announcement Type: RFA
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages early-stage development of novel small molecule or biologic therapeutics for NINDS mission-relevant? Alzheimer's and related dementias: frontotemporal degeneration (FTD, including Picks disease and progressive supranuclear palsy), Lewy body dementias (LBD; including dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinsons disease dementia (PDD), vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID), and multiple etiology dementias (MED). This FOA covers four stages of early therapy discovery/development with each stage gated by go/no-go milestones. Applicants may enter the program at the stage appropriate to their research. The R61 phase supports preparatory research stages 1 -3: 1) development of in vitro and/or ex vivo assays that can support therapeutic screening efforts, 2) screening efforts to identify and characterize potential therapeutic agents, and 3) therapeutic optimization, pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic studies. The R33 phase supports stage 4, in vivo efficacy studies in an animal model of disease. This FOA supports research to enable competitive follow-on applications that meet the entry criteria for the Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network, Blueprint Biologics, or other similar later-stage translational programs.
Expiration Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2025FOA Number: RFA-NS-23-003Release Date: Monday, August 1, 2022Announcement Type: RFA
More than 25 million Americans suffer from daily chronic pain, a highly debilitating medical condition that is complex and difficult to manage. In recent decades, there has been an overreliance in the prescription of opioids for chronic pain despite their poor ability to improve function and high addiction liability. This contributed to a significant and alarming epidemic of opioid overdose deaths and addictions. Innovative scientific solutions to develop alternative pain treatment options are thus critically needed. Through targeted research efforts, the NIH HEAL Initiative aims to support the development of safe and effective devices to treat pain with little or no addiction liability. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is designed to support interdisciplinary research teams of multiple PD/PIs to investigate the mechanism of action of pain relief by medical devices with the overall goal of optimizing therapeutic outcomes for FDA-approved or -cleared technologies. Program teams are expected to accomplish goals that require considerable synergy and collaborative interactions. Teams must leverage appropriate multi-disciplinary expertise to develop new principles and methods for experimentation, analysis, and interpretation. Teams are encouraged to consider objectives that will produce major advances in the field of pain relief by medical devices.
Expiration Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022FOA Number: PAR-23-023Release Date: Monday, July 25, 2022Announcement Type: PAR
The accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain is a key pathological feature shared by many neurodegenerative diseases that can result in dementia such as Alzheimers Disease, Lewy Body Diseases, Frontotemporal Degeneration, and cerebral amyloid angiopathy. Classical prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease are a rare family of neurodegenerative disorders that occur when the cellular prion protein (PrPC) undergoes structural conversion to a pathological form (PrPSc), which is usually triggered by its interaction with an infectious variant of the protein that forces the conformational change. Once this process is initiated, it becomes self-propagating until toxic aggregates accumulate within the CNS, leading to neuronal death. Because misfolded proteins of AD/ADRD have been reported to share some features with pathological prion protein at the structural level, it has thus been proposed that ADRD-relevant proteins such as Alpha, tau, beta-synuclein, and TDP-43 (among others) may exhibit prion-like behaviors that lead to toxic aggregate and tangle formation. The goal of this initiative is to promote studies that increase our understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which such prion-like conversion events occur and are propagated in AD/ADRD, as well as the downstream mechanisms that trigger neurotoxicity, pathological and circuit changes in the brain.
Expiration Date: Friday, February 16, 2024FOA Number: RFA-MH-22-240Release Date: Friday, July 22, 2022Announcement Type: RFA
The goal of this effort is to support the development and validation of next generation platforms and analytic approaches to precisely quantify behaviors in humans and link them with simultaneously recorded brain activity. Tools used for analyzing behavior should be multi-modal and should be able to be linked to brain activity and thus have the accuracy, specificity, temporal resolution, and flexibility commensurate with tools used to measure and modulate the brain circuits that give rise to those behaviors. This phased award will support novel tool development (i.e., hardware/software) in the R61 phase and synchronization of novel tools for measuring behavior and human brain activity in the R33 phase.
Expiration Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022FOA Number: RFA-NS-23-004Release Date: Friday, July 22, 2022Announcement Type: RFA
The purpose of this Limited Competition Funding Opportunity Announcement is to allow Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) Clinical Sites that received an NIH award under RFA-RM-17-019 an opportunity to compete for one additional year of NIH funding to: continue their participation in the UDN; establish collaborations and efficient processes with the next phase Data Management and Coordinating Center (DMCC; see: RFA-NS-22-051); enroll and evaluate new participants; and further develop their sustainability plans.
Expiration Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022FOA Number: RFA-NS-22-055Release Date: Thursday, July 21, 2022Announcement Type: RFA
This FOA invites applications that propose the comprehensive functional validation of newly identified therapeutic target candidates for Alzheimer's Disease-Related Dementias (ADRDs). This FOA seeks to promote critical target validation approaches to help de-risk subsequent translational research and accelerate the advancement of novel therapies for ADRD. Target(s) or molecular pathway(s) to be considered for validation must have been already identified using tissue expression or genetic data generated in human samples. In its initial phase, this FOA provided support for up to two years (R61 stage) for the development of customized technologies, models, and protocols to modulate the expression or activity of target candidate(s) in cells or tissues and monitor their functional biological consequences in in vitro or in vivo disease models. Upon demonstration of technical feasibilities, a second phase (R33 stage) will carefully and reproducibly measure and cross-validate the impact of the target modulation in different modalities across collaborating laboratories using the NIH rigor and reproducibility guidelines. Applicants responding to this FOA must address objectives for both the UG3 and UH3 phases and are expected to have a substantial collaborative effort between independents laboratories. This FOA is not specific for any one or group within the ADRD spectrum of disorders. Disorders covered in these applications are frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), Lewy body dementias (LBD) (including dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)), Parkinson disease dementia (PDD), vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID), mixed dementias including the associated diagnostic challenges of multiples etiology dementias (MED).
Expiration Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022FOA Number: RFA-NS-22-065Release Date: Thursday, July 21, 2022Announcement Type: RFA
The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for a Coordinating Center to provide leadership for the HEAL Coordinated Approaches to Pain Care in Health Care Systems Program. The Coordinating Center will 1) work collaboratively with each Project team supported through the Collaboratory program, including their partnering health care system (HCS), to develop, test, and implement the proposed Projects while providing technical, design, and coordination support; 2) provide centralized resources (e.g., electronic health records expertise, study design and statistical expertise for implementation trials, bioethics and regulatory expertise) for coordination and integration of the research effort across all projects; and 3) centralize the engagement of patients, care providers, health care systems, payors, and policy makers to inform the activities of the program of research, with a particular focus on HCS with less historical involvement in research studies. The Coordinating Center also will serve as the central administrative resource for the activities of the Coordinated Approaches to Pain Care Program.
Expiration Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022FOA Number: RFA-NS-22-053Release Date: Thursday, July 21, 2022Announcement Type: RFA
Emergency Award: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits research applications that propose implementation science methodology to embed existing evidence-based coordinated pain care models into a variety of public and private health care systems (HCS) where this type of care does not exist. Applications that combine comparative effectiveness studies of innovative coordinated care models with strong implementation science methodology to embed effective approaches into HCSs also are encouraged. This FOA requires that the coordinated care model under study be embedded into the health care delivery system of the applicant institutions. Coordinated pain care approaches proposed for study should include interventions from multiple disciplines as described below and should aim to improve pain management based on the biopsychosocial model of pain. Emphasis should be on populations of patients with greatest need. This FOA solicits applications from HCS who have resources and infrastructure to support research and implementation of study approaches in partnership with those HCS who lack research resources or experience and would benefit most from implementation of cost-effective coordinated pain care. HCS partners who serve populations that are under-represented in research are encouraged to apply. Models of coordinated care proposed by the study team should be aligned with health care resources of the participating HCS and should be informed through engagement of stakeholders including patients, providers, healthcare system executives, policy makers, and payors. The study teams must include health care providers from multiple disciplines and implementation scientists.
Expiration Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2022FOA Number: RFA-MH-22-281Release Date: Monday, July 11, 2022Announcement Type: RFA
The goal of this initiative is to study the role of epigenetic mechanisms regulating HIV CNS (central nervous system) latency and neuropathogenesis in brain derived cells such as macrophages, microglia and astrocytes using novel single cell technologies. Thus this FOA will encourage studies of the role of epigenetic mechanisms regulating HIV CNS latency and neuropathogenesis in brain derived cells such as macrophages and microglia using novel single cell technologies.
Expiration Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023FOA Number: RFA-EB-22-001Release Date: Monday, July 11, 2022Announcement Type: RFA
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for team-centric development and validation of innovative non-invasive imaging technologies that could have a transformative impact on the study of brain function/connectivity. Applications are expected to turn a novel concept into a functional prototype using this phased grant mechanism. The feasibility should be established by the end of its first phase and serve as a foundation for the transition to its second phase. Fully developing the technology into a functional prototype and validating it by in-vivo animal or human function/connectivity imaging are anticipated in the second phase. The research plan should provide a realistic timeline and tangible milestones to support the proposed development effort. Awards will be integrated into the BRAIN Non-Invasive Imaging Consortium, as a coordinated network on brain function/connectivity imaging.