NIH SPARC Program to hold two Q&A webinars on a new funding opportunity to support an open-source ecosystem of neurostimulation hardware and software

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The left half of the image shows a schematic of a neuron lighting up. The right half of the image shows the organs of a human being from the waist up, superimposed on their body.

Curious about the new Human Open Research Neural Engineering Technologies (HORNET) funding opportunity? Join us later today or on November 12, 2021 to learn more.

Members of the BRAIN community may be interested in the NIH Common Fund’s Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program, which seeks to accelerate development of therapeutic devices that modulate electrical activity in nerves to improve organ function and is generating maps and tools to identify and influence therapeutic targets that exist within the neural circuitry of a wide range of organs and tissues.

The HORNET program: The primary goal of the SPARC HORNET (RFA-RM-21-04) Initiative is to advance the clinical translation of neuromodulation therapies in humans by supporting an open-source ecosystem of accessible technology and tools. This U41 cooperative agreement opportunity will fund centers to create interoperable, open-source modules that can be combined into custom profiles for new exploratory and clinical neuromodulation studies in the peripheral nervous system, and for potential applicability in the central nervous system. The only receipt date for this funding opportunity is January 12, 2022.

The SPARC program will be holding two Q&A webinars about the HORNET program. These webinars are for potential applicants to answer questions about the HORNET Initiative and the application process.

Please register to attend one of the upcoming webinars:

HORNET Informational Webinar #1:
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Registration link

HORNET Informational Webinar #2:
Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Registration link

Questions? Please direct all inquiries to: SPARC-O@od.nih.gov