High Impact Neuroscience Research Resource Grants (R24)

RFA-NS-16-005neuroscience

High Impact Neuroscience Research Resource Grants (R24)
Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-NS-16-005
Funding Opportunity Title: High Impact Neuroscience Research Resource Grants (R24)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards: 5
CFDA Number(s): 93.853 — Extramural Research Programs in the Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Posted Date: Aug 31, 2015
Creation Date: Aug 31, 2015
Original Closing Date for Applications: Dec 9, 2015  
Current Closing Date for Applications: Dec 9, 2015  
Archive Date: Jan 9, 2016
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,200,000
Award Ceiling:
Award Floor:

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Independent school districts
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
State governments
Small businesses
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Special district governments
County governments
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
City or township governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility: Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISISs); Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government; Faith-based or Community-based Organizations; Hispanic-serving Institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized); Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations); Regional Organizations; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) ; U.S. Territory or Possession; Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply. Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply. Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.

Additional Information

Agency Name: National Institutes of Health
Description: This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports high impact efforts to make resources available to neuroscience researchers. Projects should engage in one or more of the following activities: propagation of cutting edge reagents or techniques, dissemination of resources to new user groups, or innovative approaches to increase the scale/efficiency of resource production and delivery. Applications focused on technology or software development are not responsive to this FOA, as the focus is on dissemination or provision of resources. Use of existing technologies to develop new reagents or genetic lines of clear value may be appropriate. Projects should address compelling needs of broad communities of neuroscience researchers or should offer unique services that otherwise would be unavailable. Projects must support the NINDS mission.
Link to Additional Information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-16-005.html
Goals

Research project grants such as the R01 provide funding for development of new technologies and resources.  However, funding opportunities for making resources available to the research community are more limited, even though such activities can be critical for research progress.  The goal of this FOA is to address this need by supporting innovative and high impact projects to make resources, tools and techniques available to neuroscience researchers.

Projects responsive to this FOA should engage one or more of the following types of activities:

  • Propagation of newly developed, cutting edge reagents or techniques that are not widely available or easily obtained
  • Broadening the impact of important existing resources by bringing them to new user groups for whom access would not otherwise be available
  • Innovative approaches to increase the scale and efficiency of existing valuable resources.

The following categories of resources may be appropriate for this FOA, provided that the proposed resource concords with the types of high impact activities described above: Animal models, Animal Surgery, Behavioral Testing, Specialized Cell Culture, Histochemistry, Specialized Imaging or Microscopy, Pathology, Physiology, and Statistical/Computational Analysis.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NINDS Program staff and/or the Scientific/Research Contact for this FOA (Section VII, below) to discuss the potential relevance of a particular resource to this FOA.

Scope

Proposed projects must plan to substantially impact the quality of neuroscience research by virtue of the provided resources.  Existing efforts are responsive to this FOA provided the application proposes specific plans for new high impact activities that would not otherwise be feasible. Technical improvements to existing strategies can be proposed if they enable or increase the scale and efficiency of dissemination.

Efforts must be in support of the NINDS mission, which is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. In pursuit of this mission, NINDS supports and performs basic, translational, and clinical neuroscience research through grants-in-aid, contracts, scientific meetings, and through research in its own laboratories, and clinics; funds and conducts research training and career development programs to increase basic, translational and clinical neuroscience expertise and ensure a vibrant, talented, and diverse work force; and promotes the timely dissemination of scientific discoveries and their implications for neurological health to the public, health professionals, researchers, and policy-makers.  For more information on NINDS research funding listed by Program Area, see http://www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/areas/index.htm.

Projects must be specifically targeted to neuroscience research.  Resources and techniques that are general to biomedical sciences are not responsive to this FOA, unless there is a specific unmet neuroscience research need.

The following activities are not responsive to this FOA.

  • Projects focused on technology development are not responsive to this FOA.  Applicants considering such efforts are encouraged to contact an appropriate NINDS Program Director to discuss alternative grant mechanisms.  Use of existing technologies to develop new reagents, such as genetic lines or constructs, may be appropriate for this FOA, but clear value to the intended user group must be demonstrated in the application.
  • Projects focused solely on software development are not responsive to this FOA.  Applicants considering software development efforts can find information on current funding announcements and NIH Program contacts at the Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative (BISTI) website (http://www.bisti.nih.gov).
  • Projects that support clinical trials or provide patient services are not responsive to this FOA.  For services associated with clinical research, investigators should contact the NINDS Office of Clinical Research (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/research/clinical_research/).
  • Projects that provide funding for chemistry services associated with candidate therapeutic lead optimization are not responsive to this FOA.  For services associated with translational research, investigators should contact the NINDS Office of Translational Research (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/areas/translational_research/index.htm).
  • Projects proposing repositories of brain and related bio-specimens are not responsive to this FOA, as described in NOT-MH-12-020.
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