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Call for Proposals

The Schmitt Program in Integrative Neuroscience (SPIN), in conjunction with the Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience, announces the availability of Pilot and Feasibility awards (up to $50,000 per award) for basic science and translational projects that advance our understanding of both normal and abnormal brain functioning. The awarded funds are intended to enable new and established investigators to generate preliminary data that will lead to competitive applications for extramural funding. The SPIN program emphasizes interdisciplinary collaborative approaches to novel research questions, leveraging skillsets and techniques across research laboratories and traditional institutional boundaries. In 2017, SPIN will accomplish its goals through the support of new research projects in the neurosciences and neuromedicine broadly defined, from cognitive and systems to cellular and molecular approaches.  Areas of traditional concentration (1. Learning, Plasticity, and Memory; 2. Sensory Systems and Multisensory Integration Processes in Health and Disease and 3. The Neurobiology of Aging) will continue to be high priorities of the SPIN program, but exciting proposals from any branch of neuroscience will be given full consideration.

In addition, as part of the 2017 competition, additional funds have been made available in concert with a major initiative by the Institute for Neuroscience to launch an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) at the University of Rochester. Special consideration will be given to projects that draw together interdisciplinary teams to advance the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  Budgets up to $75,000 will be considered for projects that are responsive to this request.

For more information and to download the RFA, click here