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Next Generation Networks For Neuroscience (NeuroNex)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 19-563 for the latest version.

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.


Understanding the brain is one of the grand scientific challenges at the intersection of experimental, theoretical, and computational investigation in the life, physical, behavioral, and cognitive sciences. Rapid proliferation of advanced measurement instrumentation and techniques has allowed researchers to study the brain and behavior at ever finer physical and temporal scales and in broader social and environmental contexts. At the same time, achieving a comprehensive, transformational understanding of the brain in action and in context will require an increased emphasis on systematic, interdisciplinary collaboration and team science, and the increased use of theoretical frameworks, including evolutionary ones, to explore questions that span organizational levels, scales of analysis, and a wider range of species optimal for experimental exploration of brain function. To catalyze such understanding, NSF announced its intention to support the development of innovative, accessible, and shared capabilities and resources towards the establishment of a coherent national infrastructure for neuroscience research, as described in the Dear Colleague Letter NSF 16-047.

The goal of this solicitation is to foster the development and dissemination of (1) innovative research resources, instrumentation, and neurotechnologies, and (2) theoretical frameworks for understanding brain function across organizational levels, scales of analysis, and/or a wider range of species, including humans. This interdisciplinary program is one element of NSF’s broader effort directed at Understanding the Brain, a multi-year activity that includes NSF’s participation in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative (http://www.nsf.gov/brain/) and the phased approach to develop a national research infrastructure for neuroscience as outlined in the Dear Colleague Letter NSF16-047. NSF envisions a connected portfolio of transformative, integrative projects that create synergistic links across investigators and communities, yielding novel ways of tackling the challenges of understanding the brain in action and in context.

This program solicits proposals that will develop and disseminate innovative neurotechnologies and/or theoretical frameworks that will transform our understanding of the linkages between neural activity and cognition and behavior across different systems, environments, and species, while also providing an avenue for widespread dissemination of  these technologies and theoretical frameworks as well as broad training opportunities.

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Edda Thiels
ETHIELS@nsf.gov (703) 292-8167 BIO/IOS
Sridhar Raghavachari
sraghava@nsf.gov (703) 292-4845 BIO/DBI
Reed S. Beaman
rsbeaman@nsf.gov (703) 292-7163 BIO/DBI
Krastan B. Blagoev
kblagoev@nsf.gov (703) 292-4666 MPS/PHY
Mary Ann Horn
mhorn@nsf.gov (703) 292-4879
Christopher Sanford
csanford@nsf.gov (703) 292-2209 TIP/ITE
Nandini Kannan
nakannan@nsf.gov (703) 292-8104
David A. Rockcliffe
drockcli@nsf.gov (703) 292-7123 BIO/MCB
Aleksandr L. Simonian
asimonia@nsf.gov (703) 292-2191 ENG/CBET
Mona Zaghloul
mzaghlou@nsf.gov (703) 292-8339
Alumit Ishai
aishai@nsf.gov (703) 292-5145

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