Current Funding Opportunities


Blueprint Funding Opportunities

Neuroimaging Informatics Software Enhancement for Improved Interoperability and Dissemination

Neuroscience-Directed Assay Development for High-Throughput Screening (HTS)
  • The Assay Development for HTS Program, a component of the NIH Molecular Libraries and Imaging Roadmap Initiative, funds the development and adaptation of biological assays for use in automated high throughput screening.
  • In 2007, the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research is providing administrative supplements to Neuroscience-Directed Assay Development for HTS projects.

Blueprint-Affiliated Funding Opportunities *

Data Ontologies for Biomedical Research
  • Interoperability of data and informatics tools/resources requires that the same terms used to describe them in one tool/resource mean the same things in another, and that the relationships among terms is the same from one tool/resource to the next.
  • This initiative uses R01 grants to support the development of controlled vocabularies and related ontologies to link two or more significant datasets.

Sharing Data and Tools: Federation using the BIRN and caBIG Infrastructures
  • Data and informatics tools can be better shared when they are available through a common framework.
  • This initiative provides researchers with R01 grants to enable them to share data and/or informatics tools via the BIRN or caBIGTM infrastructures.

Lab to Marketplace: Tools for Brain and Behavioral Research
  • This initiative seeks to make technologies for brain and behavioral research more widely available by moving them from academic and other labs into the commercial marketplace. Supported activities include efforts to make existing technologies more robust and more user-friendly.
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) mechanisms will be used to support this initiative. It is expected that these projects will require partnerships between the developer of the technology and a small business concern, the latter being the applicant organization. These grants can have multiple principal investigators, one of which must be primarily employed by the small business concern.  (Other PIs need not be, and may be employed by academic or other organizations).
  • Phase I awards cover up to $350,000 total costs per year for 2 years. Phase II awards cover up to $600,000 total costs per year for 3 years.

Extended SBIR Support for Particular Tools for Brain and Behavioral Research
  • Development of certain technologies requires more funding and time than is typically available through SBIR awards. This initiative makes it possible for projects developing those technologies to compete for a Phase II renewal, adding up to 3 years and total cost budgets of up to $800,000 per year.
  • Eligible projects are those developing: 1) complex instrumentation, 2) clinical research tools, or 3) behavioral interventions or treatments.

*As a collaborative framework, the NIH Blueprint enables program staff of the 16 member Institutes, Centers and Offices to discuss neuroscience research needs and opportunities in an ongoing, systematic way. These discussions sometimes lead to initiatives in which some, but not all, Blueprint members wish to participate - designated Blueprint-affiliated initiatives. Awards made under Blueprint-affiliated initiatives are issued by the participating Institutes, Centers and Offices, independently of Blueprint funds, management and oversight.