Administrative Supplements to Embed Ethicists into BRAIN Initiative Supported Research

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New administrative supplements integrate neuroethics perspectives and approaches into existing BRAIN Initiative awards.

The NIH Institutes and Centers participating in the BRAIN Initiative are pleased to announce support for administrative supplements to embed ethicists into BRAIN Initiative supported research. Over the course of the last several years, NIH has issued a variety of funding opportunity announcements to support projects that develop and apply technologies towards understanding neural circuit function. As a result, the BRAIN portfolio of awards represents diverse approaches focused on better understanding the fundamental biology of nervous system function. Importantly, the BRAIN 2025 report highlights that this scientific research must be of the utmost value to the public it intends to serve.

The NIH is therefore encouraging applications to PA-18-591 to incorporate neuroethics perspectives and approaches into existing BRAIN Initiative awards. Supplement applications are encouraged from ongoing BRAIN Initiative projects that can readily incorporate core ethical issues associated with research focused on the human brain and also projects developing emerging technologies and advancements in research and development supported by the BRAIN Initiative. The intent of this administrative supplement is to support efforts that would be both complementary and integrative with the transformative, breakthrough neuroscience discoveries supported through the BRAIN Initiative.

As an administrative supplement, the proposal must be within the scope of the research that is already supported. Research proposed in supplement applications should have clear relevance to the BRAIN Initiative. The proposed work may cover pilot projects, resource development, or personnel costs for embedding neuroethics into the research project. Individual requests can be no more than $100,000 in direct costs and may be for one year only. Requests must be received by June 15, 2018 for funding in fiscal year 2018.