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Neural Systems

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 24-546 for the latest version.

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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.


The Neural Systems Cluster focuses on how complex functions arise from communication among the cellular elements of the nervous system and from interactions with other physiological systems and the environment.  The Cluster encourages a systems biology approach to understand how emergent neural properties such as robustness, adaptability and resilience arise in the context of environmental, genetic and evolutionary influences.

Investigations may range over time scales from the physiological to the evolutionary.  Studies may range in complexity from molecular and cellular processes to the behaviors that emerge from these processes and the feedback that these behaviors exert on the system.  The use of comparative and evolutionary studies, as well as the development of novel theoretical, computational, and transdisciplinary approaches to guide and instruct experimental design, are particularly encouraged.


Organization:  The focus of this programmatic area is to understand how genetic information, developmental processes, and experience/environment interact to produce the structural and functional characteristics of the nervous system.

Activation:  The focus of this programmatic area is on the process of extracting information from the external environment and integrating it with the internal state of the organism to form a decision, perception or action.

Modulation:  The focus of this programmatic area is on the robust emergent properties of the nervous system that underlie such qualities as adaptive behavior, learning, and the ability to engage in complex social interactions.

Summary Award Information - In FY 2010, the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems funded 17% of submitted proposals, and the mean annual award was $216,556.


Program Directors:

Diane M. Witt:  Neural systems MODULATION, neuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology, behavioral neuroscience.

James O. Deshler:  Neural systems ORGANIZATION, developmental neuroscience, molecular and cellular neuroscience; neurogenesis; synaptogenesis; gliogenesis.

Karen A. Mesce:  Neural systems ACTIVATION, sensory-motor integration, neural plasticity.

Cedric L. Williams:  Neural systems MODULATION, systems level analysis of learning and memory, physiological regulation of the autonomic nervous system, neural analysis of complex behavioral systems.






















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Diane M. Witt
dwitt@nsf.gov (703) 292-8421
James O. Deshler
jdeshler@nsf.gov (703) 292-8421 BIO/DBI
Karen A. Mesce
kmesce@nsf.gov (703) 292-8421
Cedric L. Williams
Program Director
clwillia@nsf.gov (703) 292-8421

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