The NIH BRAIN Initiative supports innovators working to bridge the gap between their labs or companies and the broader neuroscience community. By providing targeted funding opportunities and commercialization training, the NIH BRAIN Initiative specifically supports projects that focus on the dissemination of validated tools and resources for basic, translational, or clinical research in BRAIN Initiative-relevant areas.
Technologies range from those applied to human and non-human neurophysiology, connectomics, behavioral neuroscience, neuroinformatics, human neuroimaging, and neural histology.
The following funding opportunities support efforts to disseminate resources and to integrate them into neuroscience research practice.
- U24 Program: BRAIN Initiative Research Resource Grants for Technology Integration and Dissemination (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) [RFA-NS-23-026]
- Administrative Supplements for BRAIN Initiative Awardees to Support Resource Dissemination (NOT-EB-23-010)
- NIH Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Programs
- Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Translation of BRAIN Initiative Technologies to the Marketplace (NOT-MH-21-125)
Dissemination Training and Education Opportunities
Besides funding opportunities, the NIH BRAIN Initiative provides commercialization training to BRAIN Initiative investigators through programs such as the Concept to Clinic Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Program. C3i is designed to provide medical device innovators with the specialized business frameworks and essential tools for successful translation of biomedical technologies from the lab (concept) to the market (clinic). BRAIN Initiative investigators may be eligible for two C3i programs:
- eC3i Program: Education
- Aimed at teaching academic innovators methods to assess the commercial value of their biomedical technologies.
- C3i Program: Validation/Execution
- Aimed at investigators and early-stage small businesses looking to establish the commercial viability of their innovations, often following participation in eC3i
The following links provide information on additional dissemination training and education resources for innovators:
NIH BRAIN Resources
The NIH BRAIN Initiative tools and resources.
NIH Blueprint Resources & Tools Library
Tools and resources related to the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.
For questions related to funding opportunities or program areas, please find contact information below. For public inquiries, please use our Contact Us form.
BRAIN Initiative Dissemination Program