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Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems  (NSF-NCS)


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The presentation, audio file, and transcript are now available at:  http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136976&org=CISE. They are at the bottom under Public Attachments.

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Name Email Phone Room
Mitra  Basu mbasu@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910   
Aude  Oliva auoliva@nsf.gov (703) 292-8114   
Kenneth  Whang kwhang@nsf.gov (703) 292-5149   
Gregg  Solomon gesolomo@nsf.gov (703) 292-8333   
Catherine  Arrington carringt@nsf.gov (703) 292-7276   
Alumit  Ishai aishai@nsf.gov (703) 292-5145   
Betty  K. Tuller btuller@nsf.gov (703) 292-7238   
Shubhra  Gangopadhyay sgangopa@nsf.gov (703) 292-2485   
April  R. Barnett abarnett@nsf.gov (703) 292-7028   
Rita  V. Rodriguez rrodrigu@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950   
Ellen  Carpenter elcarpen@nsf.gov (703) 292-5104   
Joan  M. Walker jowalker@nsf.gov (703) 292-7016   
Michele  . Grimm mgrimm@nsf.gov (703) 292-4641   


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  17-519

Important Information for Proposers

ATTENTION: Proposers using the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template for more than 10 senior project personnel will encounter proposal print preview issues. Please see the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website for updated guidance.

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


SYNOPSIS

The complexities of brain and behavior pose fundamental questions in many areas of science and engineering, drawing intense interest across a broad spectrum of disciplinary perspectives while eluding explanation by any one of them. Rapid advances within and across disciplines are leading to an increasingly interconnected fabric of theories, models, empirical methods and findings, and educational approaches, opening new opportunities to understand complex aspects of neural and cognitive systems through integrative multidisciplinary approaches.

This program calls for innovative, integrative, boundary-crossing proposals that can best capture those opportunities. NSF seeks proposals that are bold, risky, and transcend the perspectives and approaches typical of single-discipline research efforts. This cross-directorate program is one element of NSF’s broader effort directed at Understanding the Brain, a multi-year activity that includes NSF’s participation in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative (http://www.nsf.gov/brain/). NSF envisions a connected portfolio of transformative, integrative projects that create synergistic links across investigators and communities, yielding novel ways of tackling the challenges of understanding the brain in action and in context.

Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems is open to proposals to advance the foundations of one or more of the following integrative research themes, described within the solicitation:

  1. Neuroengineering and Brain-Inspired Concepts and Designs
  2. Individuality and Variation
  3. Cognitive and Neural Processes in Realistic, Complex Environments
  4. Data-Intensive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.

Within each theme, advances in theory and methods, technological innovations, educational approaches, research infrastructure, and workforce development are all of significant interest. Proposals must be consistent with the missions of the participating directorates. High-risk, high-payoff approaches are expected. Proposals must directly address risks and how they will be managed, potentially transformative payoffs, and the relationship between the risks and rewards at stake.

During FY17 the program will consider two classes of proposals. INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONS awards (CISE, EHR, ENG, SBE) will support projects that develop foundational advances that are deeply connected to a broad scope of important research questions in neural and cognitive systems, and have significant potential for transformative advances in one or more of the integrative thematic areas. CORE+ SUPPLEMENTS (CISE, EHR, ENG) will provide additional support to new or existing projects in the participating directorates, to enable additional activities that will connect those projects to significant new integrative opportunities in neural and cognitive systems.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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