COBRE Center for Nervous System Function - Pilot Project Applications

Applications closed.

Pre-proposals due by May 17, 2019 at 5 p.m. (EST). Full applications (by invitation only) due by June 14, 2019 at 5 p.m. (EST).

The Carney Institute for Brain Science’s COBRE Center for Nervous System Function (CNSF) aims to increase the quantity and quality of research on the nervous system in Rhode Island. One means of attaining this goal concerns identifying and nurturing talented young investigators and enabling established investigators to create a new research line.

We announce the availability of two 12-month grants of up to $40,000 for research related to nervous system function to be funded through our Phase II COBRE. We particularly welcome projects that explore the neural basis of attention, decision-making, learning, memory, or other cognitive functions. We aim to enable an investigator to collect preliminary data in support of grant applications for independent external research funding, especially from the NIH. Pilot project investigators can take advantage of the CNSF community to help guide their science and career development. Pilot project investigators will have access to the CNSF’s Design and Analysis Core and Behavior and Neuroimaging Core to provide expertise for study design and data analysis.

Our Phase II COBRE has its focus on brain mechanisms of attention, perception, learning, and decision making in healthy adults and statistical and computational modeling. We welcome project proposals within this focus but will also consider proposals under the broader area of central nervous system function.

The pilot project will be funded for 12 months, with an earliest possible start date of August 1, 2019.

Eligibility: Faculty or senior post-doctoral fellows who will have a faculty appointment (tenure or research track) by August 1, 2019 at a Rhode Island academic institution are eligible to apply. Junior investigators (defined as not previously been awarded a K99/R00, R01 or equivalent grant) must identify a mentor with expertise related to the proposed research. Established investigators must propose a new area of research. Because the pilot project funds derive, in part, from our NIGMS-funded COBRE, awarding of a COBRE-funded Pilot Project will require one to relinquish any other NIGMS sponsored NIGMS IDeA programmatic funding.

Application Process: This call will include a short pre-proposal which, if acknowledged as falling within the scope of the COBRE pilot program, will be followed by a more formal Application. See full instructions.

Contact: Address inquiries regarding COBRE CNSF Pilot Projects to Deputy Principle Investigator David Sheinberg.