Participation by Danish Researchers in the NIH BRAIN Initiative

Notice Number: NOT-MH-16-004

Key Dates
Release Date: February 22, 2016

Related Announcements

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Eye Institute (NEI)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Lundbeckfonden (


The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is a multi-agency effort, with a coordinated contribution from 10 NIH Institutes and Centers ( As part of the NIH BRAIN Initiative, NIH announces a new partnership, formalized by a letter of agreement, with Lundbeckfonden ( to support the involvement of researchers at Danish institutions in the BRAIN Initiative. Both NIH and Lundbeckfonden believe that the ambitious goals of the BRAIN Initiative can best be attained by collaboration across disciplinary boundaries as well as geographic boundaries.

Supplemental Funding
NIH made a number of BRAIN Initiative awards in FY14 and FY15 ( Researchers at Danish institutions who are interested in participating in funded awards are advised to contact the Program Director/Principal Investigator of the NIH award to inquire if there is mutual interest in collaboration. If there is interest, the researcher from a Danish institution can apply directly to Lundbeckfonden for funding for the work to be performed in Denmark. For each approved project with an added Danish collaboration, funding and administration of the work performed in Denmark shall be managed by the foundation and the Danish host institution. NIH will consider administrative supplements to support such collaborations.

Matching Funding
In most of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcements, foreign institutions are permitted to participate either by submitting applications directly or as subcontractors in an application from a domestic institution. Researchers at Danish institutions who submit applications in either role in BRAIN Initiative awards should contact the Lundbeckfonden as the award is submitted if they are interested in having the award potentially co-funded by NIH and the Lundbeckfonden. NIH will evaluate (i.e., peer review) the application, and will make a funding decision. If the project receives an NIH award, Lundbeckfonden will decide whether it will fund fully or in part the Danish based elements of the project. NIH will not share application materials or summary statements directly with the Lundbeckfonden, so the applicant must make those materials available to Lundbeckfonden if they want to be considered for co-funding.

In addition to providing funds, representatives of the foundation will join those of the National Science Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Brain Canada, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency in meetings of the BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group (


Please direct all inquiries to:

Gregory K. Farber, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Telephone: 301-435-0778

Ned Talley, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Telephone: 301-496-1917

Telephone: +45 39 12 80 15