High Impact Neuroscience Research Resource Grants (R24)

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

Section I. Funding Opportunity Descriptionneuroscience

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 recently 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.


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, seehttp://www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/areas/index.htm.

Projects must be specifically targeted to neuroscience (or neuromuscular) 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.

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-NS-17-002
Funding Opportunity Title: High Impact Neuroscience Research Resource Grants (R24)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:  
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
Version: Synopsis 1
Posted Date: Sep 21, 2016
Last Updated Date: Sep 21, 2016
Original Closing Date for Applications: Feb 14, 2017  
Current Closing Date for Applications: Feb 14, 2017  
Archive Date: Mar 17, 2017
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,200,000
Award Ceiling: $350,000
Award Floor:  


Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Independent school districts
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
State governments
County governments
Special district governments
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Private institutions of higher education
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
City or township governments
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Small businesses
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 not 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: facilitating access to 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 primarily 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 significant value to the research community 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-17-002.html
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