Funding Alert: $20M for Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience

Up to $20M is available for domestic and international research and data sharing projects that advance our understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational neuroscience.


Closing date: December 10, 2020
Expected number of awards: Undefined
Award amount: Up to $20M
How to apply: Start here

What is the National Science Foundation?

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future. This type of support:

  • Is a primary driver of the U.S. economy.
  • Enhances the nation’s security.
  • Advances knowledge to sustain global leadership.

With an annual budget of $8.3 billion (FY 2020), it is the funding source for approximately 25 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

Why Computational Neuroscience?

Computational neuroscience provides a theoretical foundation and a rich set of technical approaches for understanding complex neurobiological systems, building on the theory, methods, and findings of computer science, neuroscience, and numerous other disciplines. Through the CRCNS program, the U.S. National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Energy; the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research; the French National Research Agency; the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation; Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology; and Spain’s State Research Agency and National Institute of Health Carlos III support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system.

How does this funding work?

Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation:

  1. Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects
  2. Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.

Domestic and international projects will be considered. As detailed in the solicitation, international components of collaborative projects may be funded in parallel by the participating agencies.

NSF will coordinate and manage the review of proposals jointly with participating domestic and foreign funding organizations, through a joint panel review process used by all participating funders. Additional information is available in Section VI of the solicitation.

Community-driven efforts such as workshops or synthesis papers are also encouraged, to map out new frontiers at the interface of neuroscience and other disciplines that could reshape brain research and its applications.

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