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Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

Innovative Approaches to Science and Engineering Research on Brain Function

Synopsis

Computational neuroscience provides a theoretical foundation and a rich set of technical approaches for understanding the nervous system at all levels, building on the theory, methods, and findings of computer science, neuroscience, and numerous other disciplines to accelerate the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system.

Through the CRCNS program, the participating funding organizations support collaborative activities that span a broad spectrum of computational neuroscience research, as appropriate to the missions and strategic objectives of each agency.

Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation:

Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and

Data Sharing Proposals to support sharing of data and other resources.

Domestic and international projects will be considered, including proposals seeking parallel international funding. As detailed in the solicitation, opportunities for parallel funding are available for bilateral US-German, US-French, US-Israeli, US-Japanese, and US-Spanish projects, and multilateral projects involving the United States and two or more CRCNS partner countries (see Section VIII of the solicitation for country-specific limitations). Collaborating PIs from outside of the United States are referred to Section VIII of this solicitation for further instructions from the appropriate partner funding agency.

Questions concerning a particular project's focus, direction, and relevance to a participating funding organization should be addressed to the appropriate person in the list of agency contacts in Section VIII of the solicitation.

NSF will coordinate and manage the review of proposals jointly with participating domestic and foreign funding organizations, through a joint panel review process used by all participating funders. Additional information is provided in Section VI of the solicitation.

Program contacts

AEI

The Spanish Research Agency (AEI) will consider US-Spanish Research Proposals and US-Spanish Data Sharing Proposals submitted to NSF in response to this solicitation. All the information required for Spanish applicants to successfully submit a proposal can be found in the annex to this solicitation available on the AEI-MCIN webpage at https://www.aei.gob.es/noticias/anuncio-convocatoria-proyectos-bilaterales-estados-unidos-participacion-aei-marco. AEI strongly encourages Spanish applicants contact the national point of contact before the proposal is submitted.

In response to this solicitation, an investigator may participate as PI or co-PI in no more than one proposal involving Spain per review cycle. AEI recommends the signature of a consortium agreement covering financial and intellectual property issues as well as the management and delivery of project activities to all partners involved in bilateral or multilateral projects. Resulting scientific data not subject to intellectual property rights must comply with FAIR principles (http://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2016.18).

It is not necessary to submit a parallel proposal directly to AEI; nonetheless, a notification of submission should be sent, within one week following the NSF proposal deadline, to the national point of contact:

Esther Chacón, email: esther.chacon@aei.gob.es or neuron@aei.gob.es

ANR

The French National Research Agency (ANR) will consider US-French Research Proposals and US-French Data Sharing Proposals, Multilateral Research Proposals, and Multilateral Data Sharing Proposals involving the United States and the partnering countries Israel and/or Japan, submitted to NSF in response to this solicitation. ANR will finance projects of maximum four years. The modalities of participation of the French applicants are presented in the annex to this solicitation available on the ANR website at (UPDATE LINK). ANR requires the signature of a consortium agreement covering financial and intellectual property issues as well as the management and delivery of project activities. It is not necessary to submit a parallel full proposal to ANR; nonetheless, an annex for French Participants including a publishable lay summary of the project as well as a financial plan for the French partners should be submitted to NSF as supplementary material included in the proposal and in parallel sent to NEUC_calls@anr.fr within one week following the NSF proposal deadline.

The French applicants are strongly encouraged to contact ANR prior to submission:

Sheyla Mejia, Scientific Coordinator, Biology and Health Department, telephone: +33 1 7809 8014, email: Sheyla.MEJIA@agencerecherche.fr

Maurice Tia, Scientific Officer, Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies Department, telephone: +33 1 7273 0690, email: Maurice.TIA@agencerecherche.fr

BMBF

Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research will consider US-German Research Proposals and US-German Data Sharing Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation. The durations of these projects are expected to be no greater than three years. Investigators contemplating projects that would require longer durations are advised to discuss their project requirements with the appropriate agency contact(s) before submitting. Collaborating investigators in projects selected for funding that involve Germany will provide assurance to BMBF that a cooperation agreement, covering issues including intellectual property, has been established. It is not necessary to submit a parallel full proposal to BMBF; nonetheless, a financial plan for the German partners must be submitted to NSF as supplementary material included in the proposal. German applicants are referred to the BMBF Richtlinien (https://www.gesundheitsforschung-bmbf.de/de/16749.php) for further instructions, and are urged to contact the project management organization for advice on applications:

Katja Hüttner, DLR Projektträger für das BMBF, telephone: +49 228 3821 2177, email: katja.huettner@dlr.de, web: http://www.dlr.de/pt

Sophia Schach, DLR Projektträger für das BMBF, telephone: +49 228 3821 1743, email: sophia.schach@dlr.de, web: http://www.dlr.de/pt

BSF

The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation will consider US-Israeli Research Proposals, US-Israeli Data Sharing Proposals, Multilateral Research Proposals, and Multilateral Data Sharing Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation. No more than five years of support may be requested. A proposal with the same project description as the proposal to NSF must be submitted by the Israeli PI to the BSF. The budget for the Israeli component of the project should be expressed in US Dollars. Submittal instructions are available at: https://www.bsf.org.il/funding-opportunities/nsf-bsf-joint-research-grants/the-programs/

Questions should be directed to:

Yael Dressler, telephone: +972-2-5828239, email: yael@bsf.org.il

Rachel Haring, telephone: +972-2-5828239, email: heni@bsf.org.il

DOE

DOE budgets may not exceed $400,000 per year in total costs (including direct and indirect costs) requested on the NSF application. The durations of these projects are expected to be no greater than three years.

Further questions may be directed to:

Robinson Pino, Program Manager, Office of Science, Advanced Scientific Computing Research, telephone: (301) 903-1263, email: Robinson.Pino@science.doe.gov

NICT

Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) will consider US-Japanese Research Proposals, US-Japanese Data Sharing Proposals, and Multilateral Research and Data Sharing Proposals involving the United States and the partnering countries France and/or Israel, submitted in response to this solicitation. The durations of these projects are expected to be no greater than three years. In a supplementary document, investigators should provide assurance that an agreement covering issues such as intellectual property has been or will be established within a reasonable time after the notifications of awarded projects.

There are two types of US-Japanese projects: one is under NICT’s extramural Commissioned ICT Research and Development Program, and the other is under NICT’s intramural R&D funding program for NICT researchers. Projects may involve extramural or intramural Japanese investigators, but not both. A proposal with the same project description as the proposal to NSF must be submitted by the Japanese PI to NICT. Japanese applicants should refer to NICT’s solicitation (Japanese language only) for more information.

NIH

CRCNS is affiliated with the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research (http://neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/), and involves ten participating NIH Institutes and Centers. An NIH Notice (UPDATE LINK) is being issued in parallel with this solicitation. Proposals are selected for potential NIH funding on the basis of the common CRCNS joint review process; resubmission of proposals directly to NIH is by invitation only. No NIH awards will exceed $250,000 per year in direct costs.

The CRCNS program supports human research projects such as observational studies and Basic Experimental Studies involving Humans (BESH), i.e., studies that meet both the definition of basic research and the NIH definition of a clinical trial. However, Phase I-IV clinical trials with clinical outcomes as the primary outcomes to assess efficacy will not be accepted. Please be aware of NIH’s definition of clinical trials, which has specific requirements for applicants proposing BESH studies. For research projects that 1) involve human subjects and 2) have public health relevance, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Siavash Vaziri (siavash.vaziri@nih.gov) prior to submitting an application to determine whether it could be supported by NIH through this program.

A search for “CRCNS” in the NIH RePORTER system (https://reporter.nih.gov/) will show a list of CRCNS projects supported by NIH. Further questions may be directed to:

Siavash Vaziri (NIH Chair), Program Director, National Institute of Mental Health, telephone: (301) 443-1576, email: siavash.vaziri@nih.gov

Wen Chen, Program Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, telephone: (301) 451-3989, email: chenw@mail.nih.gov

Amanda DiBattista, Program Director, Neurobiology of Aging and Neurodegeneration Branch, Division of Neuroscience, National Institute on Aging, telephone: (301) 496-9350, email: amanda.dibattista@nih.gov

Qi Duan, Program Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, telephone: (301) 451-4780, email: qi.duan@nih.gov

Marie Gill, Program Specialist, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, telephone: (301) 451-1449, email: gillml@ninds.nih.gov

John A. Matochik, Program Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, telephone: (301) 451-7319, email: jmatochi@mail.nih.gov

Brett Miller, Program Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, telephone: (301) 496-9849, email: millerbre@mail.nih.gov

Jessica Mollick, Program Officer, National Institute on Drug Abuse, telephone: (301) 827-2949, email: jessica.mollick@nih.gov

Leslie Osborne, Program Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, telephone: (301) 496-9964, email: leslie.osborne@nih.gov

Amy Poremba, Program Director, Central Pathways for Hearing and Balance, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, telephone: (301) 496-1804, email: amy.poremba@nih.gov

Merav Sabri, Program Director, Central Processing of Taste and Smell, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, telephone: (301) 827-0908, email: merav.sabri@nih.gov

Coryse St Hillaire-Clarke, Program Director, Sensory and Motor Disorders of Aging, Division of Neuroscience, National Institute on Aging, telephone: (301) 496-9350, email: coryse.sthillaire-clarke@nih.gov

Cheri Wiggs, Program Director, Division of Extramural Research, National Eye Institute, telephone: (301) 451-2020, email: wiggsc@nei.nih.gov

NSF

A search in the NSF Award Search will show a list of CRCNS projects supported by NSF. Further questions for NSF program officers may be directed to:

Kenneth Whang, Program Director, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, telephone: (703) 292-5149, fax: (703) 292-9073, email: kwhang@nsf.gov

Zhilan Feng, Program Director, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-7523, email: zfeng@nsf.gov

Dwight Kravitz, Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-8740, email: dkravitz@nsf.gov

Maija Kukla, Program Director, Office of International Science and Engineering, telephone: (703) 292-4940, email: mkukla@nsf.gov

Floh Thiels, Program Director, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, telephone: (703) 292-8167, email: ethiels@nsf.gov

Steven Zehnder, Associate Program Director, Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems, telephone: (703) 292-7014, email: szehnder@nsf.gov

Lucy Zhang, Program Director, Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation, telephone: (703) 292-5015, email: luzhang@nsf.gov

Kenneth Whang
CRCNS Program Coordinator - NSF; Program Director, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems
kwhang@nsf.gov (703) 292-5149 CISE/IIS
Jeffrey Anderson
CRCNS Administrative Coordinator - NSF; Program Analyst, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems
janderso@nsf.gov (703) 292-7342 CISE/IIS

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