Request for Information (RFI): Tools and Resources for Neurodegeneration Research (Neuroscience Blueprint)

Notice Number: NOT-MH-05-023

Key Dates
Release Date: November 22, 2005

Issued by
NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research (
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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), (
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National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), (


This is a time-sensitive RFI directed toward neuroscience researchers. Neuroscience research is a unifying theme across many NIH Institutes and Centers. The NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research was launched in 2004 with 15 participating Institutes and Centers to provide a framework for coordinating research and development of tools and resources broadly useful for advancing neuroscience research ( In Fiscal Years 2005 and 2006, tools and resources supported under the Blueprint spanned levels of analysis from molecular and cellular to systems and behavior.

Three themes of neuroscience research of interest to all Blueprint Institutes and Centers are: degeneration, development, and plasticity. For Fiscal Year 2007, new Blueprint initiatives will focus on tools and resources for neurodegeneration. Future initiatives for subsequent fiscal years will focus on development and plasticity.

Information Requested

As part of the initial planning process for Fiscal Year 2007, the NIH Institutes and Centers participating in the Blueprint for Neuroscience Research request responses to the following questions:

1. What are the major opportunities for, and impediments to, research in neurodegeneration?

2. What are the 2-3 highest priority tools and resources needed to seize these opportunities and overcome these impediments?


Please send responses to no later than December 23, 2005 .


Specific questions about this Notice may be directed to:

Michael F. Huerta, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Blvd. Room 7202, MSC 9645
Bethesda , MD 20892-9645
Telephone: (301) 443-3563
FAX: (301) 443-1731

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