BRAIN to fund proposals through NIH Research With Activities Related to Diversity (ReWARD) program

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This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) will support scientific research and activities focused on enhancing diversity in biomedical research. 

The NIH BRAIN Initiative is deeply committed to supporting inclusive excellence through research and through fostering diversity and engagement in the research community. BRAIN aims to support investigators who make significant contributions to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) activities by bringing diverse perspectives into biomedical research. The NIH BRAIN Initiative will fund proposals through the NIH Research With Activities Related to Diversity (ReWARD) program (PAR-23-122). The goal of the ReWARD program is to enhance the breadth  of research and research-related activities supported by NIH and provide support for researchers who assume additional academic service, outreach, and mentoring duties to promote DEIA. 

BRAIN is seeking to fund research projects that develop new tools and approaches in the following areas: 

  • Discovering cell type diversity in the brain 

  • Mapping brain circuits at multiple scales 

  • Monitoring the brain in action 

  • Demonstrating causality between brain activity and behavior 

  • Developing new theoretical and data analysis tools to understand brain function 

  • Developing innovative technologies to understand the human brain specifically  

  • Neuroethics 

This funding opportunity requires a Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives (PEDP) as part of the application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the funding opportunity instructions carefully and view the PEDP guidance materials

Participants can submit their applications starting on May 5, 2023. The next application deadline is June 5, 2023. For more information, please view the full NOFO PAR-23-122.  

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