2016 Neuroscience Workshop
Carle Illinois Collaborative Research Seed Program
Jump ARCHES Request for Proposals
BRAIN Initiative Funding
Defense Science Office Research
Thank you for reading the Clinical & Translational Neuroscience newsletter for March. Each
month, we update you on interesting neuroscience events, information, and funding
opportunities. This is a great way to learn more about the neuroscience community and identify
ways to further build your own neuroscience collaborations.
This month, we highlight interesting funding opportunities and give you more details about the
campus’ first clinical and translational neuroscience workshop, happening on April 9, 2016. The
workshop is a great opportunity to identify partnerships for the new Carle Illinois Collaborative
Research Seed Funding Program (proposals due April 20, 2016).
As always, check out the Clinical and Translational Neuroscience section of the IHSI website;
here, you can get more information about upcoming neuroscience-related grant opportunities.
Have an item to share with the neuroscience community at Illinois? We would love to include it
here. Email Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development specialist.
2016 Neuroscience Workshop | REGISTER TODAY
Registration is now open for the 2016 Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Workshop,
featuring two keynote lectures as part of the Health Innovations Lecture Series, sponsored by
IHSI and Carle.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pollard Auditorium at The Forum at Carle
611 W. Park St, Urbana, IL
$25 for faculty, physicians, and staff
$10 for students and postdocs
Download the workshop poster to learn more, including the workshop schedule of events. Continuing
medical education (CME) credits or a certificate of completion may be available for attendees.
Carle Illinois Collaborative Research Seed Program
In an effort to foster collaboration and support innovation between faculty on the Illinois
campus and Carle clinicians, the Carle Illinois Collaborative Research Seed Funding Program is
calling for research proposals for seed funding of up to $50,000 for a 1-year project. These
proposals should aim to provide preliminary data for future external funding opportunities. All
proposals should have at least one investigator from Carle and Illinois, and demonstrate the
potential to impact clinical outcomes. Priority may be given to those projects that emphasize
areas within the strategic plans of either institution. This is a great reason to contact IHSI
neuroscience research development specialist, Gillian Cooke, who can help you identify
collaborative partners. Closing date is April 20, 2016. For more details, visit:
Human Frontier Science Program
The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) is a niche program that supports innovative basic
research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and
interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary
boundaries. To stimulate novel, daring ideas and innovative approaches, preliminary results are
not required in research grant applications. The HFSP places special emphasis on encouraging
scientists early in their careers; this is shown both in the establishment of a special Young
Investigators’ Grant and in encouraging early-career scientists to participate in the Program
HFSP offers two areas of funding: program grants and young investigator grants. Program
grants are designed for independent scientists at all stages of their careers, while young
investigator grants are for teams of scientists who are within five years of establishing an
independent laboratory and ten years of obtaining their PhDs.
Awards, which are dependent on team size, range up to $450,000 per year. The deadline for
registration is March 21, 2016, and for the letter of intent is March 31, 2016. For more
information, view this calendar entry or email Gillian Cooke.
Jump ARCHES Funding: 2016 Request for Proposals
The Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump
ARCHES) Endowment is requesting proposals from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of Engineering faculty members, members of faculty of the University of Illinois College
of Medicine at Peoria, and/or OSF Healthcare System clinicians. The intended goal of the
chosen proposals is to improve healthcare quality and patient safety through the combined
efforts of engineers and clinicians.
The purpose of the funding is to use combined expertise in the broad areas of sensing devices,
materials and mechanics, health information technologies, simulation, human factors/industrial
ergonomics and design to execute collaborative projects that could be used for simulation in
training of the health care practitioners of tomorrow.
Proposals are encouraged to focus on 3D visualization, imaging techniques for automated
segmentation, deep learning from medical images, surgical planning and simulation, and
human computer interface for medical training.
- The Request for Proposals opens: March 15, 2016.
- Submission Deadline: April 15, 2016 at 5 p.m. CST
- Proposals will be reviewed swiftly, with an announcement of awards by end of June, 2016.
BRAIN Initiative: Recording and Modulation in the Human Central Nervous System
The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is a
Presidential project aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By
accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be
able to produce a new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how
individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. It is expected that
the application of these new tools and technologies will ultimately lead to new ways to treat,
cure, and even prevent brain disorders.
These calls address the goal of developing 'innovative technologies to understand the human
brain and treat its disorders'. Initial first-in-human studies are a key point in the development of
innovative new clinical technologies. The leap from animal studies to humans is large, and
initial clinical studies are often necessary to address critical scientific questions about the
function of a device in human patients and/or inform a final device design suitable for eventual
FDA market approval. Initial demonstrations of novel device function in humans have become
increasingly required to encourage the industry and venture capital investment necessary to
develop a final safe, reliable, and efficacious device that can be manufactured at scale suitable
for regulatory approval, yet at a price point sufficient for sustainable commercial market given
For more information see BRAIN Initiative: Clinical Studies to Advance Next-GenerationInvasive Devices for Recording and BRAIN Initiative: Next-Generation Invasive Devices for Recording and Modulation in theHuman Central Nervous System (UG3/UH3)
Opportunity to Discuss DARPA Defense Science Office Research Initiatives
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) announces the opportunity for investigators to meet with a DSO program manager to discuss new research initiatives. The DSO identifies and pursues high-risk, high-payoff fundamental research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines--sometimes reshaping existing fields or creating entirely new disciplines. The DSO transforms these initiatives into radically new, game-changing technologies for US national security. Current focus areas include: physical sciences, mathematics, modeling and design, and human-machine systems.
To best align the research areas and capabilities of potential proposers with those of DSO program managers, interested parties must submit a one-page white paper that succinctly describes their research idea, the science that makes it possible, and an estimated timeframe for accomplishing the effort. The DSO mission statement and current areas of interest are found on the DARPA website. DSO will review the submitted white papers and, based solely on the interest generated within DSO, will choose respondents for participation in a brief meeting with an individual DSO program manager to discuss white paper contents in more detail.
Meetings with the program managers will be held in conjunction with a two-day DSO Proposers Event, organized to provide information to potential proposers about (1) working with DSO and (2) an anticipated DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The Proposers Event is currently scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, June 22-23, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Nearer the event, DARPA will publish a separate announcement at www.fbo.gov to announce registration and provide additional details.
For more information see https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=cc68108cafdb0d9c49b4655a815f02f4&tab=core&_cview=1
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
Human Frontier Science Program grants—Registration: March 21, 2016; Letter of Intent:
March 31, 2016.
Spring 2016 Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Workshop: April 9, 2016
- Jump ARCHES Endowment Proposals: April 15, 2016
Carle Illinois Collaborative Research Seed Funding proposals: April 20, 2016
BRAIN Initiative: April 26, 2016.
If you have something to share with the neuroscience community at Illinois, please email Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development specialist.