Carle Illinois Collaborative Research Funding
DoD Peer Reviewed Alzheimer's Research Program
Psychological Health and TBI Research Program
Synapse Conference at Beckman Institute
Welcome to the June Clinical & Translational Neuroscience newsletter! This month, we report on Carle Illinois Collaborative Research grant program winners and draw your attention to other interesting funding opportunities and the upcoming Synapse Conference.
As always, check out our section of the IHSI website; there, you can get more news and 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, with your announcement.
Moving Research from Bench to Bedside | SIX PROPOSALS FUNDED
Carle and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently held an open call for proposals for collaborative research among Carle physicians and Illinois investigators. This inaugural round of entries brought forth many new ideas and Carle and Illinois are pleased to announce that six proposals have been selected to receive support.
Providing a jumpstart to new research projects that should eventually attract federal funding, these projects had both a principle investigator from Carle and from Illinois, and demonstrated a strong connection between both in efforts to move research from the bench to the bedside.
The Carle Illinois Collaborative Research Seed Funding Program has chosen to fund the following proposals:
- Microstructural biomarkers of neurodegeneration in mild traumatic brain injury (Illinois PI: Aron K. Barbey; Carle PI: Kenneth S. Aronson)
- Biochemical and electrophysiological analyses to identify the early biomarkers and pathogenic mechanisms for human temporal lobe epilepsy (Illinois PI: Hee Jung Chung; Carle PI: Graham R. Huesmann)
- Understanding cognitive outcomes of strokes using rhythms of the brain (Illinois PI: Sepideh Sadaghiani; Carle PI: Samineh Khosrowshahi)
- Automated fall risk assessment in high risk older adults (Illinois PI: Jacob Sosnoff; Carle PI: Sanjiv Jain)
- Intestinal microbiota development in relation to nutritional status in preterm infants (Illinois PI: Sharon Donovan; Carle PI: Vitaliy Soloveychik)
- Personalized absorbable gastrointestinal stents for intestinal fistulae and perforations (Illinois PI: Dipanjan Pan; Carle PI: Blair M. Rowitz)
Among the winners were several from the neuroscience community, including Aron Barbey, Ken Aronson, Hee Jung Chung, Graham Huesmann, Sepideh Sadaghiani and Jacob Sosnoff. Congratulations to all who were successfully funded. The second call for proposals for the Carle Illinois Collaborative Research Seed Funding Program is expected to be announced during the 2016-2017 academic year, pending available funding.
Read the official announcement for full details.
Developing a National Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience (NeuroNex)
On May 31, 2016, the NeuroNex program solicitation was announced by NSF. It is hoped that this program will allow the “integration, analysis, and modeling of brain data associated with behaviors from multi-disciplinary projects and enable large-scale collaborative research efforts nationally and internationally that will advance our understanding of brain structure and function.” NSF’s intention to develop a national research infrastructure for neuroscience has caused quite a stir in the neuroscience community. By investing in innovative research resources, and theoretical frameworks, NSF aims to transform our understanding of the link between neural activity, cognition and behavior across different systems, environments, and species.
Hoping to fund up to 15 awards, of between $500,000 - $2,000,000 / year, the NSF is investing heavily in addressing fundamental questions in neuroscience and cognitive science that by their nature require the convergence of multiple disciplines to answer. This particular solicitation asks for proposals for two types of activities: (1) neurotechnology hubs to develop, institutionalize, and disseminate the use of innovative brain technologies by investigators studying brain structure and function in diverse species (3-5 years of funding), and/or (2) theory teams to foster theoretical approaches that have the potential to reveal the neural underpinnings of behavior and cognition across organizational levels, scales of analysis, and/or a range of species, including humans (3 years of funding).
Letter of Intent Due Date (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): September 02, 2016
Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): October 21, 2016
For more information, contact Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development specialist.
MacArthur Competition to Award $100M to Help Solve a Critical Problem of Our Time
Can $100 million solve a critical problem facing people, places or the planet today? The MacArthur Foundation seems to think so. On June 2, 2016, the Foundation announced the 100&Change competition. Open to all fields and organizations, the competition will fund one proposal that aims to solve one of society’s most pressing problems. They hope to offer this competition every three years, awarding $100 Million to proposals that maximize measureable impact in the chosen area, allowing the winners to focus on a serious problem and its solution in a significant and enduring way.
According to the website:
- No single field or problem area is designated; proposals from any sector are encouraged.
- Proposals should articulate both the problem and the proposed solution, and must have a charitable purpose.
- Competitive proposals will be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible.
The proposal must describe the problem and offer a solution that will provide “meaningful and durable change” – the only limit is your track record, creativity and imagination. Applications are due no later than Monday, October 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Central. However, you must first register by Friday, September 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Central.
Do you have an idea that could change the world? If so, read more at https://www.100andchange.org.
DoD Peer Reviewed Alzheimer's Research Program
An announcement from the Department of Defense (DoD) is creating quite the stir in the Alzheimer’s disease research community. Up to $15 million has been promised to fund a range of awards, including the Convergence Science Research Award, the Translational Research Partnership Award, and the Quality of Life Research Award. All applications for the funding opportunities must address at least one of the Overarching Challenges, which include quality of life and biomarker identification. In addition, each application must also address at least one of the Focus Areas in support of the Overarching Challenges, such as Novel Target Identification and Mechanisms of Pathogenesis. While this pre-announcement is designed to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications, the program announcements should follow in July 2016.
For more information, see the official news release.
DoD Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program
On June 7, 2016, the DoD announced an additional funding opportunity as part of the fiscal year 2016 Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program. This program supports innovative research committed to complementing ongoing Department of Defense efforts to ensure the health and readiness of the military forces. The additional award, the Implementation Science Research Initiative Program, is designed to support implementation of evidenced-based interventions identified by stakeholders for use within the military context as well as for system-wide dissemination. While this pre-announcement is designed to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications, the program announcements should follow in July 2016.
Read the official news release for more details.
Synapse: A Collaborative Neuroscience Conference
This conference is a multidisciplinary event that provides a forum through which neuroscientists, physicians, faculty, researchers, and ancillary providers can be recognized for their collaboration, engage around future opportunities, and provide a platform where care and research synergize. This conference will encompass not only traditional neuroscience but also sleep medicine, back care, and epilepsy as it is a merger of the Carle Neuroscience Institute (CNI) Update and the Carle Back Care Forum.
Physicians, chiropractors, residents, advanced practice providers, researchers, registered nurses, sleep technologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, speech language pathologists, respiratory care therapists, and health professional students and postdocs are welcome to attend.
Attendees can expect to hear about “The Intersection of Engineering and Medicine”; “Narcotics: Our mess, how we got here, and rational approaches to acute and chronic narcotic management”; and a panel discussion from experts on head injuries. Attendees will also have the option of selecting an afternoon breakout track (spine and non-spine) as well as attend a poster presentation session and reception to follow the conference.
Fee: $50 (MD, DO, DC); $15 (residents and students); $25 (others)
Click here for more information or to register.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
- Synapse: A Collaborative Neuroscience Conference: August 19, 2016
- Neuronex Letter of Intent: September 2, 2016
- Neural Regulation of Cancer: October 26, 2016
Email Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development specialist, with a calendar item or announcement to share with the clinical and translational neuroscience community at Illinois.