Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems

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Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems: The complexities of brain and behavior pose fundamental questions in many areas of science and engineering, drawing intense interest across a broad spectrum of disciplinary perspectives while eluding explanation by any one of them. Rapid advances within and across disciplines are leading to an increasingly interconnected fabric of theories, models, empirical methods and findings, and educational approaches, opening new opportunities to understand complex aspects of neural and cognitive systems through integrative multidisciplinary approaches.


This program calls for innovative, integrative, boundary-crossing proposals that can best capture those opportunities. NSF seeks proposals that are bold, risky, and transcend the perspectives and approaches typical of single-discipline research efforts. This cross-directorate program is one element of NSF&rsquo;s broader effort directed at Understanding the Brain, a multi-year activity that includes NSF&rsquo;s participation in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative (<a href="http://www.nsf.gov/brain/">http://www.nsf.gov/brain/</a>). NSF envisions a connected portfolio of transformative, integrative projects that create synergistic links across investigators and communities, yielding novel ways of tackling the challenges of understanding the brain in action and in context.


In this second phase of the program, Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems is open to proposals to advance the foundations of one or more of the integrative research themes described below. Two of the themes are continued from FY15: Neuroengineering and Brain-Inspired Concepts and Designs, and Individuality and Variation. Two additional themes for FY16 are Cognitive and Neural Processes in Realistic, Complex Environments; and Data-Intensive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. Within each theme, advances in theory and methods, technological innovations, educational approaches, research infrastructure, and workforce development are all of significant interest. Proposals must be consistent with the missions of the participating directorates. High-risk, high-payoff approaches are expected. Proposals must directly address risks and how they will be managed, potentially transformative payoffs, and the relationship between the risks and rewards at stake.


The program will consider two classes of proposals.INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONS awards (CISE, EHR, ENG, SBE) will support projects that develop foundational advances that are deeply connected to a broad scope of important research questions in neural and cognitive systems, and have significant potential for transformative advances in one or more of the integrative thematic areas. CORE+ SUPPLEMENTS (CISE, EHR, ENG) will provide additional support to new or existing projects in the participating directorates, to enable additional activities that will connect those projects to significant new integrative opportunities in neural and cognitive systems.
Federal Grant Title: Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems
Federal Agency Name: National Science Foundation
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 16-508
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 47.041, 47.070, 47.075, 47.076
CFDA Descriptions: Engineering Grants; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Education and Human Resources
Current Application Deadline: Jan 26, 2016
Original Application Deadline: Jan 26, 2016
Posted Date: Oct 21, 2015
Creation Date: Oct 21, 2015
Archive Date: Feb 25, 2016
Total Program Funding: $16,500,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $1,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $150,000
Expected Number of Awards: 30
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
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