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NSF announces opportunities with the BRAIN Initiative

October 1st, 2014 / in Announcements, NSF, Research News / by Helen Wright
In the future, a person may be able to watch a computer screen and have his or her brain patterns modified to improve physical or mental performance. Researchers say an innovative learning method that uses decoded functional magnetic resonance imaging could modify brain activities to help people recuperate from an accident or disease, learn a new language or even fly a plane. [Image courtesy Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation.]
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has three new announcements today related to the BRAIN Initiative and NSF’s Understanding the Brain activities:


This solicitation describes the first phase of a new NSF program to support transformative and integrative research that will accelerate understanding of neural and cognitive systems. INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONS awards will support projects that develop foundational advances that are deeply connected to a broad scope of important research questions in cognitive and neural systems, and have significant potential for transformative advances in one or more of the FY 2015 thematic areas. CORE+ EXTENSIONS will provide additional support to projects selected for funding by other programs in the participating offices and directorates, to enable additional activities that will connect those projects to significant new integrative opportunities in cognitive and neural systems.

  • INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONS Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): December 10, 2014
  • INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONS Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): January 26, 2015


CORE+ EXTENSION requests are submitted with proposals to other programs offered by the participating directorates, according to dates and requirements of those funding opportunities. No Letters of Intent are to be submitted for CORE+ EXTENSIONS.

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is intended to foster collaborations between industry and academe in the field of brain imaging and in identifying structure – behavior relationships. NSF welcomes and encourages proposals in response to NSF 13-594 in the areas outlined in this DCL. Brain imaging and the science behind the complex architecture is revealing numerous opportunities and challenges in engineering and sciences.
As part of the BRAIN Initiative, NSF intends to support an Ideas Lab, an intensive workshop focused on finding innovative solutions to Grand Challenge problems in FY2015. The goal of the activity is to assemble a diverse group of researchers from multiple disciplines to facilitate the generation and execution of innovative research projects aimed at understanding key aspects of brain function. The broad theme of this activity is anticipated to involve multi-scale integration of the dynamic activity and structure of the brain, with special emphasis on linking the dynamics of brain and neural circuits with brain function, using predictive theoretical frameworks and innovative experimental methodology. The Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) and the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate (MPS) are currently preparing the program solicitation.
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), are hosting a BRAIN workshop in December that will bring together brain researchers and computer scientists for a scientific dialogue aimed at exposing new opportunities.
The White House BRAIN Initiative fact sheet can be found here.
NSF announces opportunities with the BRAIN Initiative