Developing a National Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience (NeuroNex)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced via a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 16-047) its intention to foster the development of a national research infrastructure for neuroscience through a phased approach. The goal is to support collaborative and team science for achieving a comprehensive understanding of the brain.

Image of skull and brain model with text overlay including the name of the solicitation

As part of this effort, the NSF has created a new funding opportunity—Developing a National Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience (NeuroNex). This is a cross-directorate initiative of the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG), and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE).

The solicitation (NSF 16-569) calls for two types of project proposals:

(1) Neurotechnology Hubs: Projects that foster development and dissemination/deployment of innovative research resources and instrumentation, neuro-technologies, and behavioral paradigms that can be applied across the phylogenetic spectrum, while providing greater access to existing resources where possible and serving broad communities within the brain sciences; and

(2) Theory Teams:  Projects that foster theoretical approaches with the potential to reveal the neural underpinnings of behavior and cognition across organizational levels, scales of analysis, and/or a range of species.

Please consult the solicitation (NSF 16-569) for additional details about this funding opportunity. Contact information for cognizant program officers can be found on the program summary page and in the solicitation.

NeuroNex Informational Webinar: Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 1:00-3:00 PM EDT
The Webinar discussed the scope of the funding activity, pertinent review criteria, general guidelines for project proposals to this activity, and post-award conditions for cooperative agreements. Watch the webinar recording HERE.