Grants Development Program

The NSI actively facilitates neuroscience focused programmatic submissions through proposal preparation. Proposal preparation typically involves writing/editing/project coordination and working closely with the pre-awards teams from associated departments and SVP Health Science Office.

NIH grant submissions - The NSI helps facilitate programmatic research grants which have P, U or T activity codes. For R awards, investigators should contact their respective department grants office or SVPHS pre-awards office (incase of SOM related submission queries). The NSI has facilitated over $8 M in extramural research funding so far.

Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)

Foundation Funding Opportunities:

Apart from the federal and state funding opportunities, there are a number of foundation based funding opportunties that can be leveraged to accelerate innovation and discovery at the University of Utah.

NIH Brain Initiative FOAs:

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. Long desired by researchers seeking new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, the Brain Initiative will fill major gaps in our current knowledge and provide unprecedented opportunities for exploring exactly how the brain enables the human body to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought. The NIH BRAIN Initiative is managed by the 10 ICs whose missions and current research portfolios complement the goals of the BRAIN Initiative: NCCAM, NEI, NIA, NIAAA, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDA, NIDCD, NIMH, and NINDS. 

NINDS - National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke

The mission of the NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease.

NIDA - National Institute of Drug Abuse

NIDA is the lead federal agency supporting scientific research on drug use and its consequences. NIDA mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.

NIA - National Institute of Aging

The mission of the NIA has been to improve the health and well-being of older Americans through biomedical, social, and behavioral research.

NIMH - National Institute of Mental Health

The mission of the NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

NEI - National Eye Institute

The NEI’s mission is to conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.

National Science Foundation (NSF):

The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense...". NSF is vital because the agency supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future. NSF is the funding source for approximately 27 percent of the total federal budget for basic research conducted at U.S. colleges and universities. 

DOD - Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDRMP):

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) originated in 1992 via a Congressional appropriation to foster novel approaches to biomedical research in response to the expressed needs of its stakeholders-the American public, the military, and Congress. The CDMRP fills research gaps by funding high impact, high risk and high gain projects that other agencies may not venture to fund. While individual programs are unique in their focus, all of the programs managed by the CDMRP share the common goal of advancing paradigm shifting research, solutions that will lead to cures or improvements in patient care, or breakthrough technologies and resources for clinical benefit. 

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA):

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military. DARPA explicitly reaches for transformational change instead of incremental advances. It works within an innovation ecosystem that includes academic, corporate and governmental partners, with a constant focus on the Nation’s military Services, which work with DARPA to create new strategic opportunities and novel tactical options. For decades, this vibrant, interlocking ecosystem of diverse collaborators has proven to be a nurturing environment for the intense creativity that DARPA is designed to cultivate.

  • Active FOADARPA seeks proposals to design, build, demonstrate, and validate a nonsurgical neural interface system to broaden the applicability of neural interfaces to the able-bodied warfighter. The final technology aims to enable neural recording and stimulation with sub-millimeter spatial resolution.

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA):

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs to tackle some of the most difficult challenges of the agencies and disciplines in the Intelligence Community (IC). As part of this mission, IARPA sponsors several applied research programs that use multidisciplinary approaches to advance our understanding of cognition and computation in the brain


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Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Neuroscience Initiative

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Sean Flynn, PhD
Associate Director, Neuroscience Initiative