2017 Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Workshop
BRAIN Initiative Integrated Approaches Funding
Additional BRAIN Administrative Funding
CLEAR Awards at Beckman
Happy New Year! Our goal in 2017 remains that Neuroscience News keeps you updated on interesting neuroscience events and funding opportunities. Make sure to visit the IHSI website for all the latest health research news and information at Illinois.
As always, if you have an event or announcement to share with the neuroscience community at Illinois we are happy to include it here. Email Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development specialist, with your item.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
2017 Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Workshop | REGISTRATION OPEN
The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI) at Illinois is hosting its second annual Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Workshop on Friday, February 17, 2017, at The Forum at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
This year's workshop will focus on the following topics: Sleep, Rehabilitative and Restorative Neuroscience, and Neurological Disease. There will also be a keynote lecture from Jeffrey Kleim, who studies how neural plasticity supports learning in the intact brain and “relearning” in the damaged or diseased brain. His research is directed at developing therapies that optimize plasticity to enhance recovery after stroke and Parkinson’s Disease, and his lecture is titled “Neurorehabilitation: Encouraging the Brain To Change."
REGISTRATION FEE: $25 for faculty, physicians, and staff; $10 for students
For more information, email Gillian Cooke.
NRSA Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences | NOW OPEN
The purpose of the Jointly Sponsored Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN) is to provide strong, broad neuroscience training that will enable students to become successful research scientists at a time when the field is advancing at an astonishing pace. Neuroscience research increasingly requires investigators who can cross boundaries, draw on knowledge and approaches from various disciplines and levels of analysis, and apply this breadth of knowledge in novel ways to yield new discoveries about the nervous system. Moreover, the ability to conduct important neuroscience research requires strong foundational skills in experimental design, statistical methodology and quantitative reasoning related to study design, analysis and interpretation.
To achieve the goals of the JSPTPN, students should get exposure to a broad spectrum of relevant science. In addition, the training supported by the JSPTPN must be grounded in principles of rigorous experimental design, an understanding of the critical need for, and proper use of, statistics, and quantitative literacy.
Applications are limited to one per institution, and program faculty should have strong records as researchers, including recent publications and successful competition for research support in the area of the proposed research training program. Established program faculty should also have a record of successful research training, including former trainees who have productive research careers relevant to the NIH mission. Researchers from diverse backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to participate as mentors.
Letter of intent is due 30 days prior to the application due date. Application due dates are May 25, 2017; May 25, 2018; May 25, 2019.
Visit grants.gov for complete program guidelines and application procedures.
NIH Brain Integrated Approaches Funding Opportunities | APPLY NOW
All FOAs in this family of initiatives emphasize the use of cutting-edge methods of activation and recording to understand the behavior of circuits at cellular and sub-second levels of spatial and temporal resolution. All FOAs welcome basic research using human or non-human animal subjects. However, there is a specific FOA for neurobiology research involving research opportunities employing invasive neural recording (Research Opportunities Using Invasive Neural Recording and Stimulating Technologies in the Human Brain). This family of initiatives also seeks advances in theory and/or analytics, and has a requirement of a data standards and management plan, as well as a data dissemination plan to facilitate use of the results by the research community.
Team-Research Brain Circuits Programs – U19
Awards within this FOA will support research programs with up to five research components, focused on a high-impact topic and cutting-edge technologies in large-scale recording and manipulation of circuits in vivo in the context of measurable behaviors. These research teams should offer resources and governance that bridge across institutional ‘silos.’ For example, research teams might comprise components across institutions or across colleges within a university. Projects should investigate neural function related to defined, ethologically relevant behaviors, well-defined neural systems, and/or biological mechanisms at an anatomic resolution of cells and circuits, and at a sub-second temporal resolution. It is expected that awarded projects will become part of a consortium among BRAIN Initiative awardees in developing technologies, methods, expertise, and data and tools for sharing and reuse within the research community.
Exploratory Targeted Brain Circuits Projects – R21/R01
The primary goal of these FOAs are to solicit exploratory research projects using innovative approaches to understand how circuit activity gives rise to a specific behavior or neural system dynamics. The activity of neural circuits is the substrate of cognitive processes such as perception, attention, reasoning, intention, decision-making, and emotion. These internal activities are translated into patterns of activation that support simple motor behaviors, as well as more complex behaviors such as navigation and communication. Dysfunction of these large systems of neurons due to disease, injury, or developmental anomaly is the basis of neural and mental disorders. A mission of the NIH BRAIN Initiative is to understand how large scale neural systems contribute to cognitive and neurological function in both health and disease.
U19: Letter of intent 30 days prior to the application due date. Applications due March 1, 2017, and October 17, 2017.
R21/R01: Letter of intent 30 days prior to the application due date. Application due March 8, 2017.
Additional Funding for BRAIN Initiative Awardees | APPLY NOW
The NIH currently provides multiple opportunities to develop research careers and improve participation for individuals from groups demonstrated to have low representation in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences. Nevertheless, reports from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and others provide strong evidence that underrepresentation remains an important problem that the entire research enterprise must actively address.
This administrative supplement is designed to provide support for research experiences for individuals from the identified groups throughout the continuum from high school to the faculty level. Continuation of this program in the future will depend on evaluation of the career outcomes of the supported individuals as well as continuing assessments of the diversity of the scientific workforce as reported by the NSF.
In all cases, the proposed research experience must be an integral part of the approved, ongoing research of the parent award, and it must have the potential to contribute significantly to the research career development of the candidate.
Research shows that diverse teams working together and capitalizing on innovative ideas and distinct perspectives outperform homogenous teams. Scientists and trainees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring different perspectives, creativity, and individual enterprise to address complex scientific problems. There are many benefits that flow from a diverse NIH-supported scientific workforce, including: fostering scientific innovation, enhancing global competitiveness, contributing to robust learning environments, improving the quality of the researchers, advancing the likelihood that underserved or health disparity populations participate in, and benefit from health research, and enhancing public trust.
In spite of tremendous advancements in scientific research, information, educational, and research opportunities are not equally available to all. NIH encourages institutions to diversify their student, postdoctoral, and faculty populations to enhance the participation of individuals from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences.
Letter of intent not applicable. Application due dates may vary by awarding IC. See Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts for more details. For more information see the funding opportunity.
Undergraduate and Graduate Funding Available | APPLY NOW
The Beckman Awards Program in Cognitive, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience (CLEAR), supported by funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, offers University of Illinois students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research in cognitive aging. The CLEAR Awards will fund one graduate student and one undergraduate to pursue interdisciplinary research in cognitive aging at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology during the summer.
The proposed research must relate to the goals of the CLEAR Initiative at the Beckman Institute. Preference will be given to projects that involve faculty from different departments. CLEAR promotes scientific research on the nature of aging and successful cognitive development during adulthood, with a focal interest in how engagement—a sustained investment in physical, mentally stimulating, and/or social activities—contributes to cognitive health and well-being with aging.
Full details and application are available here: https://beckman.illinois.edu/research/fellows-and-awards/clear.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
- Technology to Enhance Patient Outcomes application: February 16, 2017
- IHSI Neuroscience Workshop: February 17, 2017
- CLEAR Awards: March 10, 2017
Please email Gillian Cooke, IHSI research development specialist, with a calendar item or announcement to share with the clinical and translational neuroscience community at Illinois.