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Brain initiative

Announcement: RFA-NS-18-030
Award Organization: National Institute of Health (NIH)
Type/Mechanism:  Reissue of RFA-NS-18-009
Activity Code: R01 Research Project Grant
Web Site: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-18-030.html
Award Amount: Max funding: $15M to fund 20 awards
PoP: Up to 5 years
Restrictions: 
Pre-Application Due: Earliest Submission Date: 3 June 2018
Application Due Dates: 6 Novemebr 2018; 3 July 2019; 1 July 2020; 10 November 2020
 Notes: The primary goal of this FOA is to solicit research projects using innovative, methodologically-integrated approaches to understand how circuit activity gives rise to mental experience and behavior.  The activity of neural circuits is the substrate of cognitive processes such as perception, attention, reasoning, intention, decision-making, and emotion. These internal activities are translated into patterns of activation that support simple motor behaviors, as well as more complex behaviors such as navigation and communication. Dysfunction of these large systems of neurons due to disease, injury, or developmental anomaly is the basis of neural and mental disorders. A mission of the NIH BRAIN Initiative is to understand how large scale neural systems contribute to cognitive and neurological function in both health and disease.

                                 

Current Funding Announcements

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Announcement: BAA-AFRL-AFOSR-2016-0007
Award Organization: Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Type/Mechanism: Grant
Activity Code: 
Web Site: DoD: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=285269
Award Amount: $200,000 - $400,000 encouraged; $7.5M max
PoP: 5 years
Restrictions: None
Rolling Annual Programs: Open until Superseded
Pre-Application Due: Open until superseded
Full App Due: Open until superseded
Notes: For the sensory systems portion of the portfolio a goal is to pursue new capabilities in acoustic analysis, to enhance the intelligibility and usefulness of acoustic information. The primary approach is to discover, develop, and test principles derived from an advanced understanding of cortical and sub-cortical processes in the auditory brain. Included are efforts to model and control effects of noise interference and reverberation, understand the psychoacoustic basis of informational masking, develop new methods for automatic speech detection, classification, and identification, and enable efficient 3D spatial segregation of multiple overlapping acoustic sources.

AFOSR - Chemistry and Biological Sciences -Human Performance and Biosystems

Announcement: Human Performance and Biosystems
Award Organization: AFRL
Type/Mechanism: Grant
Activity Code: 
Web Site: DoD: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/Welcome/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/842038#anchor2
Award Amount: Contact Program Officer Dr. Patrick O. Bradshaw 703-588-8492
PoP: 3-5 years 
Restrictions: See site
Rolling Annual Programs: 
Pre-Application Due:
 Contact Program Officer Dr. Patrick O. Bradshaw 703-588-8492
Full App Due:Contact Program Officer Dr. Patrick O. Bradshaw 703-588-8492
Notes: The primary goal for this program is to gain a better understanding of the biophysical, biochemical, and physiological mechanisms responsible for the behavioral, genetic, cellular, tissue and systems changes resulting from various forms of bio-stimulation. Additionally, a sensory systems focus has been added to this program and the emphasis is on developing the basic scientific foundation to understand and emulate sensory information systems. Emphasis is on (a) acoustic information analysis, especially in relation to human auditory perception, and (b) sensory and sensorimotor systems that enable 3D airborne navigation and control of natural flight, e.g., in insects or bats, especially in relation to capabilities of autonomous biological systems not yet emulated in engineered flight.  For the sensory systems portion of the portfolio a goal is to pursue new capabilities in acoustic analysis, to enhance the intelligibility and usefulness of acoustic information. The primary approach is to discover, develop, and test principles derived from an advanced understanding of cortical and sub-cortical processes in the auditory brain. Included are efforts to model and control effects of noise interference and reverberation, understand the psychoacoustic basis of informational masking, develop new methods for automatic speech detection, classification, and identification, and enable efficient 3D spatial segregation of multiple overlapping acoustic sources. Signal analysis methods based upon purely statistical or other conventional "blind source" approaches are not as likely to receive support as approaches based upon auditory system concepts that emphasize higher-level neural processes not yet fully exploited in engineered algorithms for acoustic information processing. Applicants are encouraged to develop collaborative relationships with scientists in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

DOD USAMRMC FY18-FY22 Broad agency announcement for extramural medical research

Announcement: W81XWH18SBAA1
Award Organization: U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Commnad's
Type/Mechanism: Grants Notice
Activity Code: USC, Title 10, Section 2358
Web Site: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=W81XWH18SBAA1
Award Amount:  
PoP: 4 years 
Restrictions: 
Rolling Annual Programs:
Pre-Application Due: Oct 1, 2017
Full Application Due :  September 30, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET
Notes: Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program focus on the innovations required to reset our wounded Service members, both in terms of duty performance and quality of life. Innovations developed from CRMRP-supported research efforts are expected to improve restorative treatments and rehabilitative care to maximize function for return to duty (RTD) or civilian life. 
The CRMRP focuses its efforts on the following research areas: neuromusculoskeletal injury (including limb trauma and amputation), sensory systems impairment (including hearing, balance, tinnitus, and vision), acute and chronic pain, and regenerative medicine.

improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communications

Announcement: PA-18-288
Award Organization: National Institute of Health
Type/Mechanism: Grant
Activity Code: R21 Exploratory Development Research Grant
Web Site: http://grants.nih.gov/funding/searchguide/nih-guide-to-grants-and-contracts.cfm?searchTerms=Hearing&PAsToo=1&RFAsToo=1&NoticesToo=0&OrderOn=RelDate&OrderDirection=DESC&RelDate_On_After=2016-01-1308:32:19.137 
Award Amount:  The combined budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $275,000.  No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year. 
PoP: 3 years 
Restrictions: 
Rolling Annual Programs:
Pre-Application Due: Jan. 17, 2018 
Full Application Due :  May 8, 2020
Notes: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to improve the health outcomes for individuals with deafness and other communication disorders through effectiveness and health services research in the NIDCD mission areas of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. 

Improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communication (R01 CLINICAL Trial Optional)

Announcement: PA-18-287
Award Organization: National Institute of Health
Type/Mechanism: Grant
Activity Code: R01 Research Project Grant
Web Site: http://grants.nih.gov/funding/searchguide/nih-guide-to-grants-and-contracts.cfm?searchTerms=Hearing&PAsToo=1&RFAsToo=1&NoticesToo=0&OrderOn=RelDate&OrderDirection=DESC&RelDate_On_After=2016-01-1308:32:19.137 
Award Amount:  Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. 
PoP: 5 years 
Restrictions: 
Pre-Application Due: Jan 6, 2018
Full Application Due :  May 8, 2020
Notes: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to improve the health outcomes for individuals with deafness and other communication disorders through effectiveness and health services research in the NIDCD mission areas of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. 

Research on the mechanisms and/or behavioral outcomes of multisensory processing (R01- clinical trial optional)

Announcement: PA-18-545
Award Organization: National Institute of Health
Type/Mechanism: Grant
Activity Code: R01 Research Trial Optional
Web Site: https://grants.nih.gov/funding/searchguide/nih-guide-to-grants-and-contracts.cfm?searchTerms=Hearing&PAsToo=1&RFAsToo=1&NoticesToo=0&OrderOn=RelDate&OrderDirection=DESC&RelDate_On_After=2016-01-1308:32:19.137
Award Amount:  Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.  

    Applicants requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs in any year (excluding consortium F&A) must contact a Scientific/ Research Contact at least 6 weeks before submitting the application and follow the Policy on the Acceptance for Review of Unsolicited Applications that Request $500,000 or More in Direct Costs as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide

PoP: 5 years 
Restrictions: All NIH awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

    Pre-award costs are allowable only as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Pre-Application Due: Jan 5, 2018
Full Application Due :  May 8, 2019
Notes: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications that elucidate the mechanisms and/or behavioral outcomes of multisensory processing, the integration or processing of at least two distinct types of sensory input as defined by distinct receptor-type transduction, neural pathways and cognate perceptual quality.  Specifically, multiple sensory inputs may include the major traditional modalities of hearing, vision, taste, smell, balance, and touch.  Additional submodalities of body senses include but are not restricted to thermosensation, body position and proprioception, pain, itch, and general visceral sensation.

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Open Call for Innovation

Announcement: GOV.UK
 Award Organization: Defence and Security Accelerator
Type/Mechanism:
Web Site: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-and-security-accelerator-enduring-challenge 
Award Amount: See site fior details
Pop: 3 to 5 yeras
Restrictions: 
Dates: 

Closing Dates:

Competition closes @midday     Decision date           Feedback released         

19 March 2018                        31 May 2018            28 June 2018     

21 May 2018                           6 August 2018          6 September 2018          

31 August 2018                      31 October 2018        28 November 2018         

15 October 2018                    20 December 2018     31 January 2019

4 January 2019                     12 March 2019            12 April 2019      

1 March 2019                        30 May 2019              28 June 2019      

Notes: Description: The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas on how we can improve the defense and security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, product or service, at various levels of maturity. The Accelerator is open to all. Submissions are welcome from all organization types and individuals. There are no nationality restrictions.

 

Defense innovations can apply to any part of defense, and can include technological solutions as well as product, service or process ideas.

FY18 Peer reviewed medical research PROGRAM Discovery award

Announcement: W81XWH18PRMRPDA
Award Organization: CDMRP
Type/Mechanism: Initial
Activity Code: 12.420 Military Medical Research and Development
Web Site: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prmrp 
Award Amount: Max Funding: $200,000
PoP: 18 months
Restrictions: All applications for PRMRP funding must specifically address at least one of the Topic Areas as directed by Congress and must be directly relevant to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and/or beneficiaries. If the proposed research does not specifically address at least one of the FY18 PRMRP Topic Areas, the Government will administratively withdraw the application. The Government reserves the right to reassign the application’s Topic Area if submitted under an inappropriate Topic Area. The FY18 PRMRP Topic Areas are are listed on page 3 and 4 Section II.A.1.
Pre-Application Due: June 14, 2018
Full Application Due: June 28, 2018
Notes: The intent of the PRMRP Discovery Award is to support innovative, non-incremental, high-risk/potentially high-reward research that will provide new insights, paradigms, technologies, or applications. Studies supported by this award are expected to lay the groundwork for future avenues of scientific investigation. The proposed research project should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on a sound scientific rationale and study design. 

Hearing Restoration Research Program (TRANSLATION Research award)

Announcement:  W81XWH-18-HRRP-TRA
AWARD Organization: Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) 
Type/Mechanism:
Grants
Activity Code:
Web Site: 
http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pdf/18HRRPreftable.pdf 
Award Amount: Maximum funding of $1,000,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
PoP: 3 Years
Restrictions: 
Rolling Annual Programs: 
Pre-Application Due (Preproposal): July 17, 2018 ET
Full App Due: November 8, 2018 ET
Notes: Supports studies to develop reliable in vitro human models for evaluating hearing restoration therapies, or to accelerate translation of biological regeneration mechanisms into therapies that restore auditory function.
• Preliminary data required.
• Clinical trials are not allowed.
• Tinnitus or vestibular-related research is excluded.


HEARING RESTORATION RESEARCH PROGRAM (Focused Applied RESEARCH AWARD)

Announcement: W81XWH-18-HRRP-FARA
Award Organization: Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP)
Type/Mechanism: Grants
Activity Code:
Web Site: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pdf/18HRRPreftable.pdf 
Award Amount: Maximum funding of $1,000,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
PoP: 3 Years
Restrictions: 
Rolling Annual Programs: 
Pre-Application Due (Preproposal): July 17, 2018 ET
Full App Due: November 8, 2018 ET
Notes: Supports studies to develop and/or validate techniques and/or methods to assess and/or treat auditory dysfunction as related to synaptopathy, hidden hearing loss, and central auditory processing disorders.
• Preliminary data required.
• Clinical trials are not allowed.
• Tinnitus or vestibular-related

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fy18 peer reviewed medical research PROGRAM focused award

Announcement: W81XWH18PRMRPFPA
Award Organization: CDMRP
Type/Mechanism: Initial
Activity Code: 12.420 Military Medical Research and Development
Web Site: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prmrp 
Award Amount: Max Funding: $10M
PoP: 4 years
Restrictions: All applications for PRMRP funding must specifically address at least one of the Topic Areas as directed by Congress and must be directly relevant to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and/or beneficiaries. If the proposed research does not specifically address at least one of the FY18 PRMRP Topic Areas, the Government will administratively withdraw the application. The Government reserves the right to reassign the application’s Topic Area if submitted under an inappropriate Topic Area. The FY18 PRMRP Topic Areas are listed on page 3 and 4 Section II.A.1.
Pre-Application Due: June 19, 2018
Full Application Due: September 20, 2018
Notes: The PRMRP Focused Program Award mechanism is intended to optimize research and accelerate the solution for a critical question related to at least one of the Congressionally directed FY18 PRMRP Topic Areas through a synergistic, multidisciplinary research program. 

FY18 peer reviewed medical research program Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Announcement: W81XWH18PRMRPIIRA
Award Organization: CDMRP
Type/Mechanism: Initial
Activity Code: 12.420 Military Medical Research and Development
Web Site: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prmrp 
Award Amount: Max Funding: $1.2M
PoP: 3 years
Restrictions: All applications for PRMRP funding must specifically address at least one of the Topic Areas as directed by Congress and must be directly relevant to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and/or beneficiaries. If the proposed research does not specifically address at least one of the FY18 PRMRP Topic Areas, the Government will administratively withdraw the application. The Government reserves the right to reassign the application’s Topic Area if submitted under an inappropriate Topic Area. The FY18 PRMRP Topic Areas are listed on page 3 and 4 Section II.A.1.
Pre-Application Due: June 12, 2018
Full Application Due: September 20, 2018
Notes: The rationale for a research idea may be derived from a laboratory discovery, population-based studies, a clinician’s first-hand knowledge of patients, or anecdotal data. Applications must include relevant data that support the rationale for the proposed study. These data may be unpublished or from the published literature.

FY18 peer reviewed medical research program Technology/ Therapeutic Development Award

Announcement: W81XWH18PRMRPTTDA
Award Organization: CDMRP
Type/Mechanism: Initial
Activity Code: 12.420 Military Medical Research and Development
Web Site: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prmrp 
Award Amount: Max Funding: $3M
PoP: 3 years
Restrictions: All applications for PRMRP funding must specifically address at least one of the Topic Areas as directed by Congress and must be directly relevant to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and/or beneficiaries. If the proposed research does not specifically address at least one of the FY18 PRMRP Topic Areas, the Government will administratively withdraw the application. The Government reserves the right to reassign the application’s Topic Area if submitted under an inappropriate Topic Area. The FY18 PRMRP Topic Areas are listed on page 3 and 4 Section II.A.1.
Pre-Application Due: June 12, 2018
Full Application Due: September 20, 2018
Notes: The PRMRP Technology/Therapeutic Development Award (TTDA) is a product-driven award mechanism intended to provide support for the translation of promising pre-clinical findings into products for clinical applications, including prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, or quality of life, in at least one of the Congressionally directed FY18 PRMRP Topic Areas.Products in development should be responsive to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and/or beneficiaries. 

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