High-impact research in the neurosciences has always required skill, imagination, determination, and insight. Today, research additionally requires access to shared equipment, facilities,services, databases, computering/informatic facilities, patient repositories, and biobanks; collectively refrred to as "platforms". Such platforms are complex, high sophisticated, and expensive but are not recognized as important enablers of capacity building and a cost-effective means of accessing cutitng-edge equipment, technology, and services beyond what any researcher could achieve on their own. Platforms also play a critical role in fostering innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration. As such, access to platforms is essential to address the evolving needs research.
Leveraging the full potential of a platform relies on the expertise of the staff operating it to make it accessible, and to ensure that performance and efficiency are optimized. As technologies evolve, there is a need for service-oriented expert scientists with the ability to implement, run, improve and adjjust technologies to keep up with research demands.
This compeittion is open to groups of investicators working in neuroscience resarch. Broadly, this encompasses all areas of neuroscience and any discplines that are being applied to the study of the nervous system in health and disease including: neurological and mental health disciplines as well as associated social, biological, chemical, physical, engineering, mathematics, and computer sciences areas that have a primary objective of advancing our understanding of the brain, nervous system, and special senses, or to resolve problems arising from their dysfunction.
February 7, 2022: Deadline for recipt of registration forms
April 22, 2022: Deadline for recipt of full applications
July 2022: Notification of award
November 1, 2022: Funding begins