Request for Information (RFI): The NINDS is Soliciting Input on Enhancing Neuroscience Research at Institutions with Emerging Neuroscience Programs

Notice Number: NOT-NS-19-059

Key Dates
Release Date: May 17, 2019
Response Date: June 17, 2019

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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)


In recent years, an explosion in advanced neurotechnology has led to exciting new discoveries and advances in neuroscience. It has also led to a widening technology gap between leading neuroscience institutions, and institutions with emerging neuroscience programs. These advances in sophisticated approaches, technologies and instrumentation for neuroscience research have increased the need for cost-effective access to these resources through shared core facilities to enhance the quality of science. The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to seek input from the neuroscience community to help define research resource needs at institutions where the growth of neuroscience research programs is limited by the lack of access to specialized expertise, instruments or services.

Information Requested

NINDS is soliciting input from researchers, institutional leadership, science administrators, research or professional organizations, and other interested members of the neuroscience community, on improving access to research resources (technology, instruments and approaches) at institutions with emerging neuroscience programs. In your response please indicate your role in the neuroscience community. If you are submitting a response as a researcher or administrator/leader at a research institution, please provide an estimate of the number of program directors/principle investigators (PI/PDs) engaged primarily in neuroscience research at your institution. If you are responding on behalf of a professional organization, please indicate the name of your organization.

Please provide your perspective on the importance of any or all of these research resources, and their role in fostering the growth and development of emerging neuroscience research programs:

  • Shared resource facility staff with specialized expertise
  • Basic shared resource facilities (e.g., microscopy, animal behavior, etc.)
  • Shared resource facilities with advanced technologies (e.g., Cryo EM, Light Sheet Microscopy, etc.)
  • Training for researchers in specialized approaches or techniques offered in shared resource facilities
  • Other (please specify)

How to Submit a Response

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically using the web-based form found here:

Responses will be accepted through 06/17/2019.

Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. Responses may be shared publicly on an NIH website. Please do not include any personally identifiable or other information that you do not wish to make public. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in your response.

This request is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the United States Government. The NIH will not make any awards based on responses to this RFI or pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the Government's use of such information.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Timothy LaVaute, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Telephone: 301-496-1447