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NIMH issues notice of support to apply BRAIN Initiative technologies to understand mental health illnesses

This Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) encourages the application of BRAIN Initiative tools and technologies toward a better understanding of neural circuits that underlie cognitive, social and affective processes in order to inform about circuit-based targets for prevention and treatment of mental illnesses. Applications are due through May 10, 2027.  

  • Neuroscience Grants and Funding

FlyWire is accepting submissions in its first data challenge

FlyWire, a BRAIN-funded project, is hosting a challenge to optimize the grouping of visual neurons within clusters, known as columns, in the right optic lobe of the Drosophila brain.

  • Neuroscience News

Researcher spotlight: F32 recipient Dr. Emily Wright

Dr. Emily Wright is an F32 award recipient who used the funding opportunity to investigate how stress affects neurotransmitter release. The F32 funding opportunity supports the research training of promising postdoctorates early in their postdoctoral training period.
  • Neuroscience Grants and Funding
  • Neuroscience News

BRAIN at 10: A View from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The BRAIN Initiative is marking a milestone—10 years of advancing neuroscience and neurotechnology research by funding innovative projects. As part of a rotating series of blog posts, the Directors of the BRAIN Initiative-partnering Institutes and Centers share their voice and perspectives on the impact BRAIN has made on their respective missions—and vice versa. 

By Walter Koroshetz, MD, Director, NINDS

  • Neuroscience Research and Technology

Neuroscience training workshops feature BRAIN-Initiative funded technologies

DataJoint and Neurodata Without Borders will host three exciting workshops that feature tools disseminated through the BRAIN Initiative U24 Research Resource Grants for Technology Integration and Dissemination. Applications for the workshops are now open.
  • Neuroscience Grants and Funding
  • Neuroscience Research and Technology

BRAIN Initiative Alliance Spring 2024 Toolmakers Newsletter

Have you read the latest BRAIN Initiative Alliance newsletter? BRAIN scientists are invited to share their tools with the scientific community in the Toolmakers Newsletter. These newsletters spotlight BRAIN Initiative investigators with tools, technologies, or theories ready for distribution to the research community to advance neurotechnology.  
  • Neuroscience News
  • Neuroscience Research and Technology

February 2024 NIH BRAIN Initiative Neuroethics and Multi-Council Working Group Meetings

Last month, members of the NIH BRAIN Initiative’s Neuroethics Working Group (NEWG) and Multi-Council Working Group (MCWG) discussed potentially unique ethical considerations related to pediatric neurostimulation and emerging opportunities in neuroethics research, as well as updates from NEWG and MCWG members.
  • Neuroscience News

Now Open: 2024 BRAIN Initiative Photo and Video Contest!

The BRAIN Initiative photo and video contest is now open through Monday, April 15, 2024.

Deep brain stimulation tested as a means of restoring lost function following traumatic brain injury

A BRAIN-funded study explores a novel approach of applying deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat the symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury. A second BRAIN-funded study examines the continued integration and understanding about the ethical implications of technologies like DBS. 
  • Neuroscience Research and Technology

BRAIN issues funding opportunities to support brain cell type-selective access reagent engineering and dissemination facilities for molecular genetic technologies

These notices of funding opportunities (NOFOs) will support engineering and dissemination facilities to scale up and distribute brain cell type-specific reagents as part of the BRAIN Initiative Armamentarium for Precision Brain Cell Access.
  • Neuroscience Grants and Funding