Notice Number: NOT-MH-16-014
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Response Date: July 29, 2016
NIH BRAIN Initiative (braininitiative.nih.gov)
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)
This is a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting input to identify a set of core ethical issues associated with research involving the human brain and resulting from advancements in neurotechnology research and development.
The BRAIN Initiative: The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative® is aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, will show how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. The work is well underway (see http://www.braininitiative.nih.gov) and the application of the innovative tools and technologies will ultimately lead to new ways to treat and prevent brain disorders. NIH is one of several federal agencies involved in the BRAIN Initiative. Planning for the NIH component of the BRAIN initiative is guided by the long-term scientific plan, “BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision,” which details seven high-priority research areas and calls for a sustained federal commitment of $4.5 billion over 12 years.
To address current challenges and lay a more stable foundation for future generations of researchers, the NIH is seeking input from the community about opportunities and areas/topics where ethical issues related to neuroscience research might be considered. The overall aim is to integrate ethical insight into progress under the BRAIN Initiative, and proactively consider ethical implications of the research.
The NIH strives to maximize the impact of the taxpayers’ investments in biomedical research. Specific to this RFI, input from researchers, academic institutions, professional societies and other stakeholders is solicited on potential topics to explore where the BRAIN Initiative might invest resources in the area of neuroethics, particularly pertaining to emerging neurotechnologies. While we welcome input from the community on any areas germane to neuroethics, we are particularly interested in feedback on the following topics:
Responses must be submitted electronically through BRAINfirstname.lastname@example.org by July 29, 2016.
This RFI is for planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the government. The government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the government’s use of that information.
The NIH will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion and will not provide comments to any responder's submission. Responses to the RFI may be reflected in future funding opportunity announcements. The information provided will be analyzed, may appear in reports, and may be shared publicly on an NIH website. Respondents are advised that the government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in your response. The government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s), policies or procedures.
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