Announcement of the US-JAPAN Brain Research Cooperative Program - US Component

Notice Number: NOT-NS-07-009

Key Dates
Release Date:  May 3, 2007
Receipt Date:  September 15, 2007, 2008, 2009
Earliest Anticipated Start Date: February 1, 2008

Issued by
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (http://www.nida.nih.gov/)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) (http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/)
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) (http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (http://www.nichd.nih.gov/)
National Eye Institute (NEI) (http://www.nei.nih.gov)
National Institute of Aging (NIA) (http://www.nia.nih.gov)
National Cancer Institute (NCI) (http://www.nci.nih.gov)
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) (http://www.nibib.nih.gov)

This Notice replaces NOTICE: NOT-NS-04-014

Purpose

This Notice is to inform potential applicants that the NIH is once again accepting applications for the U.S. component of the U.S. – Japan Brain Research Cooperative Program (BRCP).  The purpose of the BRCP is to promote scientist exchange, training, and research collaborations between neuroscientists from the U.S. and Japan.  The U.S. component of the BRCP supports the following activities: 1) Visit of U.S. scientists to conduct collaborative research and/or to acquire advanced research skills in Japanese institutions, 2) Joint workshops to exchange scientific information and to foster collaborations.

Background

An agreement on “Cooperation in Research and Development in Science and Technology” was signed by the President of the U.S. and the Prime Minister of Japan on May 1, 1980 and has subsequently been renewed and extended.  Under the umbrella of this Agreement, the NINDS and the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki National Research Institutes, Japan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a Brain Research Cooperative Program on November 29, 2000.  Since its inception in 2002, the U.S. component of the BRCP has successfully supported collaborative research at Japanese institutions and international workshops in the neurosciences.  The Japanese component of the BRCP has been active since 2001.  Details of the Japanese component are available at http://www.nips.ac.jp/jusnou/english/.

Within the funding guidelines of the BRCP program, each country supports its own scientists who participate in the aforementioned activities. 

Areas of research interests of the participating NIH Institutes

Eligibility

Mechanisms of Support

Travel Fund

Workshop Fund

How to Apply

Approval from program staff at the respective participating NIH institute is required prior to the submission of applications.  Applications submitted without prior approval will be returned (See “Inquiries” section of this Notice). 

All applications must be received by the Neuroscience Center at the address provided below on or before September 15 of each participating year.   Applicants should submit one electronic copy of their application, as an e-mail attachment, in PDF format and one original, signed by the U.S. applicant and the administrative official from his or her home institution.  Applications should be sent to the following address:

Stacey Chambers
Office of International Activities
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Neuroscience Center, Room 2179
6001 Executive Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-496-0690
Fax: 301-480-1080
Email: chambers@ninds.nih.gov

DO NOT SEND APPLICATIONS TO THE NIH CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC REVIEW 

Submitting an Application

All applications for the BRCP should use the PHS 398 form (rev. 4/2006; available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html), and must include the following:

1. Cover letter referencing this notice, the contact information of the PI, the grant number and title of the parent NIH grant, and the name of the program official and the NIH Institute, who has agreed to accept the application.

2. Face page

3. Form page 2 from PHS 398 (Description, Performance Sites, Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors).  The Japanese collaborator(s) should be noted under Performance Sites, along with their institution(s).

4. Biosketch(es) of all key personnel and collaborator(s) should be provided.  Letters of commitment from all participants should be included in section L (Consultants) of the Research Plan.

5. Resources page(s) for all key personnel

6. Proposed budget for the project or workshop with a budget justification that details the items requested

7. The U.S. applicant’s current grant support (citing the participating NIH institute)

Research Collaborations

In addition to the seven items outlined in the “Submitting an Application” section above, applications for research collaboration/training must also include a Research/Training Plan for the project (not to exceed five pages).  Font size restrictions apply as designated within the PHS398 (rev. 4/2006) instructions.
Research Plans must include:

Joint Workshops 

Joint workshop applications should be developed collaboratively by both the U.S. and Japanese organizers.  In addition to the seven items outlined in the “Submitting an Application” section above, U.S. applications for Joint Workshops must also include a workshop plan.  Font size restrictions apply as designated within the PHS398 (rev. 4/2006) instructions.

Workshop Plans must include:

Final Reports

At the completion of all collaborative research/training efforts and workshops, U.S. supported investigators are required to submit a final report, detailing the following information:

Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by the BRCP Steering-Review Committee.  Awards will be determined on the basis of scientific merit, the significance of the research/training or workshop, the qualifications of the U.S. applicant and Japanese host, the environment of the Japanese host institution, the relevance of the proposed work to the goals of the BRCP and to the mission of the participating NIH institutes and the availability of funds.  Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in December of each year.  All funding decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

Inquiries

Approval from program staff at the respective participating NIH institute is required prior to the submission of all applications.  When contacting the program staff, applicants should be prepared to discuss the purpose, significance and necessity of their visit to Japan and how the collaborative arrangement will benefit their NIH-supported research.  The names and contact information of the program staff representing the participating NIH institutes are listed below:

Yuan Liu, Ph.D.
Chief, Office of International Activities
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
6001 Executive Blvd. NSC Room 2187
Bethesda, MD 20892-9523 (USPS)
Rockville, MD 20852 (Courier)
Phone: 301-496-0012
FAX: 301-480-2060
Email: liuyuan@ninds.nih.gov

Margaret Grabb, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Blvd., Room 7201
Mail Stop Code 9645
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301- 443-3563
FAX: 301-443-1731
Email: mgrabb@mail.nih.gov

Christine Colvis, Ph.D.
Genetics & Molecular Neurobiology Research
National Institute on Drug Abuse
6001 Executive Blvd, Room 4282
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-435-1323
FAX: 301-594-6043
Email: cc303v@nih.gov

Barry Davis, Ph.D.
Division of Scientific Programs
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
6120 Executive Boulevard, EPS Room 400C, MSC-7180
Bethesda, MD  20892-7180
Phone: 301-402-3464
FAX: 301-402-6251
Email: Davisb1@nidcd.nih.gov

John W. Kusiak, Ph.D.
Director, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Program
Center for Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases 
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH
Natcher Building, 4AN-12J, 45 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-6401
Phone: 301-594-7984
FAX: 301-480-8319
Email: kusiakj@mail.nih.gov

Nancy L. Shinowara, PhD
Program Director, Spinal Cord and Musculoskeletal Disorders and Assistive Devices
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Blvd. Room 2A03 MSC7510
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510 (for courier delivery use: Rockville, MD 20852)
Phone: 301-402-2242
FAX: 301-402-0832
Email: shinowan@mail.nih.gov

Jerome R. Wujek, Ph.D.
Research Resources Officer
Division of Extramural Research
National Eye Institute
National Institutes of Health
Suite 1300
5635 Fishers Lane, MSC 9300
Bethesda, MD  20892-9300
Phone:  301-451-2020
FAX:  301-402-0528
Email: wujekjer@nei.nih.gov

Andrew A. Monjan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Chief, Neurobiology of Aging Branch
Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Aging Program
National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS
Gateway Building, Suite 350
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, MSC 9205
Bethesda, MD  20892-9205 (use 20814 for express mail)
Phone:  301-496-9350
FAX:  301-496-1494
Email: monjana@gw.nia.nih.gov

William C. Timmer, Ph.D.
Program Director
Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program
Division of Cancer Therapy and Diagnosis
National Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Boulevard, EPN Room 7009, MSC 7432
Bethesda, MD 20892-7432
Main Office Telephone: 301-496-8866
FAX: 301-480-4663
Email: william.timmer@nih.gov

John W. Haller, PhD
Liaison for International Activities
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20892-5649
Phone: 301-451-4780
FAX: 301-480-1614
Email: hallerj@mail.nih.gov

OTHER RELATED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Other funding opportunities for activities related to American and Japanese collaborations in the field of neuroscience, (exclusive of this solicitation) include the following:


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