Notices of funding opportunities for 2024: Data science, informatics, and dissemination

This week, we will highlight BRAIN Initiative notices of funding opportunities (NOFOs) for fiscal year 2024. Today’s post features funding opportunities for data science, informatics infrastructure, and dissemination. 


RFA-NS-23-026 BRAIN Initiative: Research Resource Grants for Technology Integration and Dissemination (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This funding opportunity supports efforts to disseminate resources and to integrate them into neuroscience research practice. Projects should be highly relevant to specific goals of the BRAIN Initiative which are described in "BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision.” Applications strictly focused on technology or software development, rather than dissemination of an existing resource, are not responsive to this funding opportunity. Projects should address compelling needs of neuroscience researchers working toward the goals of the BRAIN 2025 report that are otherwise unavailable or impractical in their current form. Please read the full NOFO for more details. Applications are due February 14, 2024.

NOT-EB-23-010 Availability of Administrative Supplements for BRAIN Initiative Recipients to Support Resource Dissemination (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This Notice of Special Interest announces the availability of administrative supplements to support the dissemination of promising technologies and resources generated from active BRAIN Initiative awards, where funds necessary for dissemination efforts (e.g., establishing new collaborations between innovators and end users) were not anticipated and included in the original research plan, or additional funds for dissemination efforts are needed. Please read the notice for more information. Applications are due February 28, 2024.

NOT-MH-24-115 Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Translation of BRAIN Initiative Technologies to the Marketplace

This NOSI encourages the translation of the BRAIN Initiative-supported technologies from academic and other non-small business research sectors to the marketplace. Small Business Concerns are encouraged to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications that propose to further develop, optimize, validate, and scale such technologies for commercial dissemination. Additionally, SBIR and STTR applications supporting the development and commercialization of novel technologies that fit within the mission of the BRAIN Initiative are encouraged. Please read the full funding opportunity for more details. Applications are due April 5, 2024.

Please visit the BRAIN Initiative Dissemination webpage for more details.

Data Science and Informatics

RFA-MH-23-270 BRAIN Initiative: Integration and Analysis of BRAIN Initiative Data (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This funding opportunity supports the development of software to visualize and analyze the data as part of programs of building the informatics infrastructure for the BRAIN Initiative. Other informatics programs include developing data standards that are needed to describe the new experiments that are being created by or used in the BRAIN Initiative (RFA-MH-22-145), and creating the data infrastructures that will house the data from multiple experimental groups (RFA-MH-20-600). Please read the full NOFO for more details and see the Notice of Special Interest associated with this funding opportunity. Applications are due June 7, 2024.

RFA-MH-22-145 BRAIN Initiative: Standards to Define Experiments Related to the BRAIN Initiative (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This funding opportunity solicits applications to develop standards that describe experimental protocols that are being conducted as part of the BRAIN Initiative. It is expected that applications will solicit community input at all stages of the process. It is recommended that the first step of standard development will involve sharing data between different key groups in the experimental community in order to ensure that the developing standard will cover the way that all of those groups are collecting data. The developed standard is expected to be made widely available. Please read the full NOFO for more details. Applications are due June 14, 2024.

NOT-MH-23-115 Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): BRAIN Initiative: Developing Data Archive, Informatics Tools and Data Standards for Brain Behavior Quantification and Synchronization (BBQS)

The purpose of this NOSI is to encourage new applications for developing informatics infrastructure for the Brain Behavior Quantification and Synchronization (BBQS) research program of the BRAIN Initiative. Specifically, the NOSI supports a) creation of data archive(s) to store and manage BBQS-relevant data (for reference, see expired NOFOs RFA-MH-23-130 and RFA-MH-20-600); b) development of computational tools or software for analyzing, visualizing and integrating BBQS-related data, and for predicting and modeling the complex dynamics of the brain-behavior system (see RFA-MH-23-270); and c) establishment of data standards or ontologies that support the BBQS-related studies (see RFA-MH-22-145).

Please visit the BRAIN Initiative Data Science and Informatics webpage for more details.

As part of the NIH BRAIN Initiative’s efforts to promote more impactful science through the inclusion of diverse perspectives, many of these funding opportunities will require a Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives as part of the application. Please visit the BRAIN Initiative’s funding opportunities webpage for more details on these and any additional opportunities that may arise.

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