Funding Opportunities Through SPARC

Funding Opportunities Through SPARC

Calling all Computational Modelers!

The NIH Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program seeks to advance understanding of the neural control of organ function, laying a mechanistic foundation for the next generation of therapeutic closed-loop neuromodulation devices.

The SPARC team has released two new funding announcements soliciting:

  1. Applications to develop a Data and Resource Center: A central online hub with three core functions
  • Store and facilitate access to all data generated by SPARC
  • host models that predict the effects of nerve stimuli on organ function
  • build interactive visualizations of nerve-organ anatomy and function

Bioinformatics and data science experts are encouraged to apply. Letters of Intent  are required and are due by 7th April 7 2017. Following submission, a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full application, which is due by 2nd June 2017.

Questions should be addressed to SPARC_Data@mail.nih.gov.

2. Applications to develop New Tools (Technologies to Understand the Control of Organ Function by the Peripheral Nervous System).

Develop new and/or enhance existing tools and technologies to facilitate high-resolution mapping of peripheral neural circuits. Pre-applications will be accepted on a regular basis, beginning 1st May 2017.

Specific priorities for the current receipt date are posted at NIH and future receipt dates will have different priorities based on program needs.  Current priorities include:

  • Computational models to assess safety limits of stimulation and/or blocking of neural activity (e.g. biophysics and regulatory science for neural interfaces)
  • Computational models of neuromodulation that incorporate variability due to individual subject differences
  • Biophysical models of electrical, infrared, or ultrasonic neuromodulation that predict methods for selectively activating or blocking specific fiber types and locations. These computational models should be predictive of side effects (i.e. other fibers that may be activated or blocked).

Questions should be addressed to SPARC_NextGen-Tools@mail.nih.gov

The SPARC team will be holding virtual office hours for potential applicants. We strongly encourage using these as an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your ideas with the SPARC team. Visit NIH SPARC to sign up.  We will also hold a webinar at a date to be determined soon.