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Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience  (CRCNS)


Name Email Phone Room
Dana  Hunter dmhunter@nsf.gov (703) 292-5044  1125 S  
Kenneth  Whang kwhang@nsf.gov (703) 292-5149  1125 S  

Questions concerning a particular project’s focus, direction and relevance to a participating funding organization should be addressed to:


The French National Research Agency (ANR) will consider US-French Research Proposals and US-French Data Sharing Proposals, Multilateral Research Proposals, and Multilateral Data Sharing Proposals submitted to NSF in response to this solicitation.  ANR will finance projects of maximum four years.  The modalities of participation of the French applicants are presented in the annex to this solicitation available on the ANR website at http://www.anr.fr/crcns-2016. It is not necessary for a parallel proposal to be submitted directly to ANR.

The French applicants are strongly encouraged to contact ANR prior to submission:

Mathieu Girerd, Scientific Officer, Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies Department, telephone: +33 1 7354 8213, email: mathieu.girerd@agencerecherche.fr

Daria Julkowska, Scientific Coordinator, Biology and Health Department, telephone: +33 1 7809 8078, email: daria.julkowska@agencerecherche.fr


Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research will consider US-German Research Proposals, US-German Data Sharing Proposals, Multilateral Research Proposals, and Multilateral Data Sharing Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation.  The durations of these projects are expected to be no greater than three years. Investigators contemplating projects that would require longer durations are advised to discuss their project requirements with the appropriate agency contact(s) before submitting.  Collaborating investigators in projects selected for funding that involve Germany will provide assurance to BMBF that a cooperation agreement, covering issues including intellectual property, has been established. A proposal with the same project description as the proposal to NSF must be submitted by the German PI to BMBF. German applicants are referred to the BMBF Richtlinien (http://www.gesundheitsforschung-bmbf.de/de/5651.php) for further instructions, and are urged to contact the project management organization for advice on applications:

Rainer Girgenrath, DLR Projektträger für das BMBF, telephone: +49 228 3821 1200, email: rainer.girgenrath@dlr.de, web: http://www.pt-dlr.de/


The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation will consider US-Israeli Research Proposals and Multilateral Research Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation.  No more than four years of support may be requested. A proposal with the same project description as the proposal to NSF must be submitted by both the US and Israeli PIs to the BSF.  The budget for the Israeli component of the project should be expressed in US Dollars.  Submittal instructions are available at: http://www.bsf.org.il/ElectronicSubmission/GatewayFormsAndGuidelines.aspx?PageId=7&innerTextID=0

Questions should be directed to:

Rachel Haring, telephone: +972-2-5828239, email: heni@bsf.org.il

Yael Dressler, telephone: +972-2-5828239, email: yael@bsf.org.il


CRCNS is affiliated with the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research (http://neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/), and involves nine participating NIH Institutes and Centers.  An NIH Notice (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-MH-14-002.html) is being issued in parallel with this solicitation. Proposals are selected for potential NIH funding on the basis of the common CRCNS joint review process; resubmission of proposals directly to NIH is by invitation only.  No NIH awards will exceed $250,000 per year in direct costs. Further questions may be directed to:

James Gnadt, Program Director, Systems & Cognitive Neuroscience, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, telephone: (301) 496-9964, email: gnadtjw@ninds.nih.gov 

Andrew Rossi, chief, Executive Functions Program and Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health, telephone: (301) 443-1576, email: rossia@mail.nih.gov

Susan Volman, Program Director, Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse, telephone: (301) 443-1315, email: svolman@nida.nih.gov

Cheri Wiggs, Program Director, Division of Extramural Research, National Eye Institute, telephone: (301) 451-2020, email: wiggsc@nei.nih.gov

Christopher Platt, Program Director, Central Pathways for Hearing and Balance, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, telephone: (301) 496-1804, email: plattc@nidcd.nih.gov

Grace C. Y. Peng, Program Director, Discovery Science and Technology, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, telephone: (301) 451-4778, email: penggr@mail.nih.gov

John A. Matochik, Program Director, Division of Neuroscience and Behavior, National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, telephone: (301) 451-7319, email: jmatochi@mail.nih.gov

Theresa H. Cruz, Program Officer, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, telephone: (301) 496-9233, email: cruzth@mail.nih.gov

David Shurtleff, Deputy Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, telephone: (301) 435-6826, email: dshurtle@mail.nih.gov


Further questions for NSF program officers may be directed to:

Kenneth Whang, Program Director, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, 1125S, telephone: (703) 292-5149, fax: (703) 292-9073, email: kwhang@nsf.gov

Alumit Ishai, Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, 995N, telephone: (703) 292-5145, email: aishai@nsf.gov

Jonathan Leland, Program Director, Division of Social and Economic Sciences, 995N, telephone: (703) 292-7285, email: jleland@nsf.gov

Floh Thiels, Program Director, Division of Integrative and Organismal Systems, 685S, telephone: (703) 292-8167, email: ethiels@nsf.gov

Mary Ann Horn, Program Director, Division of Mathematical Sciences, 1025N, telephone: (703) 292-4879, email: mhorn@nsf.gov

Athanassios Sambanis, Program Director, Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems, 565S, telephone: (703) 292-2161, email: asambani@nsf.gov

Maija Kukla, Program Director, Office of International Science and Engineering, II-1155, telephone: (703) 292-4940, email: mkukla@nsf.gov

Robert Chadduck, Program Director, Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, 1145S, telephone: (703) 292-2247, email: rchadduc@nsf.gov

Amy Walton, Program Director, Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, 1145S, telephone: (703) 292-4538, email: awalton@nsf.gov


Solicitation  15-595

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Computational neuroscience provides a theoretical foundation and a rich set of technical approaches for understanding complex neurobiological systems, building on the theory, methods, and findings of computer science, neuroscience, and numerous other disciplines.

Through the CRCNS program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR), and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system.

Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation:

Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and

Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.

Domestic and international projects will be considered.  As detailed in the solicitation, international components of collaborative projects may be funded in parallel by the participating agencies.  Opportunities for parallel funding are available for bilateral US-German Research Proposals, US-German Data Sharing Proposals, US-French Research Proposals, US-French Data Sharing Proposals, US-Israel Research Proposals, and multilateral proposals involving the United States and 2 or more additional countries.

Appropriate scientific areas of investigations may be related to any of the participating funding organizations. Questions concerning a particular project's focus, direction and relevance to a participating funding organization should be addressed to the appropriate person in the list of agency contacts found in Section VIII of the solicitation.

NSF will coordinate and manage the review of proposals jointly with participating domestic and foreign funding organizations, through a joint panel review process used by all participating funders.  Additional information is available in Section VI of the solicitation.


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CRCNS Data Sharing site

Data Sharing for Computational Neuroscience - ARCHIVED

German-USA Collaboration in Computational Neuroscience - ARCHIVED

German-US Workshop Report (PDF)

French-US Collaboration in Computational Neuroscience - ARCHIVED

French-US Workshop Report (PDF)

Israel-US Workshop Report (PDF)

CRCNS 2005 Principal Investigators' Meeting

CRCNS 2006 Principal Investigators' Meeting

CRCNS 2007 Principal Investigators' Meeting

CRCNS 2008 Principal Investigators' Meeting

CRCNS 2009 Principal Investigators' Meeting

CRCNS 2010 Principal Investigators' Meeting

CRCNS 2011 Principal Investigators' Meeting

CRCNS 2012 Principal Investigators' Meeting

CRCNS 2013 Principal Investigators' Meeting

CRCNS 2014 Principal Investigators' Meeting



What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)


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