Australia and the BRAIN Initiative

Summary

The NIH and NHMRC have agreed to cooperate in the BRAIN Initiative involving Australian and U.S. scientists. NIH has now released the Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for BRAIN Initiative: Foundations of Non-Invasive Human Brain Imaging and Neuro-Recording Techniques (R01) and Participation by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

The NIH’s Notice of Intent on August, 7, 2015 can be found on the National Institutes of Health website. More information is expected in September 2015 - watch Research Tracker.

The NIH and NHMRC have agreed to cooperate in the BRAIN Initiative involving Australian and U.S. scientists. NIH has now released the Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for BRAIN Initiative: Foundations of Non-Invasive Human Brain Imaging and Neuro-Recording Techniques (R01) and Participation by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

The NIH’s Notice of Intent on August, 7, 2015 can be found on the National Institutes of Health website. More information is expected in September 2015 – watch Research Tracker.

Web Information

NHMRC websitehttps://www.nhmrc.gov.au/

NIH Noticie: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-MH-15-022.html

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/BrainCanada

Contact Information

Emailbrain@nhmrc.gov.au

Phone: +61 2 6217 9450

Address: National Health and Medical Research Council
GPO Box 1421
Canberra ACT 2601

NIH contact people:

Gregory K. Farber, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Telephone:  301-435-0778
Email:  farberg@mail.nih.gov

Ned Talley, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Telephone:  301-496-1917
Email:  talleye@mail.nih.gov

Purpose

The NIMH, with other NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) that are part of the BRAIN Initiative, intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for research on the foundations of non-invasive human brain imaging and neuro-recording techniques.  The goal of this FOA will be to support integrative, multidisciplinary efforts that will revolutionize our understanding of the meaning of the data collected from non-invasive human brain imaging and functional evaluation techniques.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

The FOA is expected to be published in fall 2015 with an expected application due date in winter 2015.

This FOA will utilize the R01 activity code.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights into this area of non-invasive human brain imaging and neuro-recording to begin to consider applying for this new FOA.  Studies supported by this new FOA will move beyond simply observing the signal collected using non-invasive imaging and recording techniques to a level that more directly informs our understanding of the cellular- and circuit-bases of these signals. Such studies would greatly improve our knowledge of dynamic brain function in both normal and pathological conditions.

In addition, collaborative investigations combining expertise in physics, computational and information science, engineering, biology, neuroscience, clinical science, and behavioral science will be encouraged and investigators with such expertise should also begin considering applying for this application.

The NIH Institutes and Centers that are part of the NIH BRAIN Initiative announce a new partnership, formalized by a letter of agreement, with the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to support the involvement of Australian researchers in specific NIH BRAIN Initiative programs.  Both the NIH and the NHMRC believe that the ambitious goals of the BRAIN Initiative can best be attained by collaborating across disciplinary boundaries as well as geographic boundaries.  Details about NHMRC application procedures, funding rules, and eligibility requirements will be available on the NHMRC website.

Foreign institutions will be permitted to submit applications for the FOA described in this Notice either by submitting applications directly or as subcontractors in an application from a domestic institution.

In addition to providing funds, representatives of the NHMRC will join those of the National Science Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency in meetings of the BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group (http://braininitiative.nih.gov/Brain_multi_council_working_group.htm).

National Health and Research Council

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia’s leading expert body promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards.

NHMRC brings together within a single national organisation the functions of research funding and development of advice. One of its strengths is that it draws upon the resources of all components of the health system, including governments, medical practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals, researchers, teaching and research institutions, public and private program managers, service administrators, community health organisations, social health researchers and consumers.

Organisation overview

NHMRC structure and organisational information.

Leadership

NHMRC’s senior staff is a multidisciplinary team that leads more than 200 staff in the fulfilment of NHMRC’s functions.

Council of NHMRC

The Council of NHMRC advises the CEO and performs other functions as required.

NHMRC Committees

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