NIH Blueprint Seeks Input From Scientific Community
The NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research seeks to accelerate the pace of discovery and understanding in neuroscience research by enhancing cooperative activities across 15 participating NIH institutes, centers and offices that support research on the nervous system.
Looking forward to the next 10 years, the NIH institutes and centers that support Blueprint are seeking input from the scientific community on how Blueprint might best continue to support research on the brain and nervous system.
“We are especially interested in ideas that are broadly relevant to any and all research on the nervous system, particularly research with potential to transform our basic understanding of the brain and our approaches to treating brain disorders,” NINDS Acting Director Walter Koroshetz said in his April 13 Director’s Message. “Ideas that address cross-cutting issues like training the next generation of neuroscientists, increasing diversity of the neuroscience workforce, neuroethics, and neuroscience policy research are also of interest.”
Blueprint initiatives and programs have supported the development of new training opportunities and resources and tools to assist neuroscientists. The Blueprint Grand Challenges have worked to catalyze research with the potential to transform our basic understanding of the brain and our approaches to treating disorders. The NIH Blueprint was also an inaugural sponsor of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.
“The NIH Neuroscience Blueprint has provided the ‘common fund’ for large projects of shared interests,” NIMH Director Tom Insel said. “From training to technology, from databases to drug development, from the connectome to new collaborations, Blueprint has given all the institutes and centers with a stake in neuroscience a sandbox for supporting the most cross-cutting important projects.”