Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Education Program on Translational Devices (R25)

Notice Number: NOT-NS-19-068

Key Dates

Release Date: June 12, 2019
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: August 16, 2019
First Estimated Application Due Date: December 16, 2019
Earliest Estimated Award Date: June 01, 2020
Earliest Estimated Start Date: July 01, 2020

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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
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 of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

All applications to this funding opportunity announcement should fall within the mission of the Institutes/Centers. The following NIH Offices may co-fund applications assigned to those Institutes/Centers.

Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)


The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), with other NIH Institutes and Centers in the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research consortium, intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications to develop a comprehensive set of short courses that draws on lessons learned in academia and industry and is aimed at filling the translational knowledge gap for the academic investigator and small business communities. The courses should address the unique challenges inherent in developing and translating novel devices to diagnose or treat nervous system disorders.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects in anticipation of the FOA.

The FOA is expected to be published in the summer of 2019 with an expected application due date in the winter of 2019.

This FOA will utilize the R25 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights into successful development and translation of medical devices to diagnose or treat nervous system disorders to begin to consider applying for this new FOA.

Applicants will be encouraged to develop creative education activities focused on (1) steps required for successful device development and translation (eg, animal model selection, good laboratory practices, quality systems, regulatory activities, clinical trial design, etc.), (2) common technical and strategic challenges, and (3) providing resources and mentors for each stage in the process. The education activities will be expected to address a broad audience, including post-doctoral fellows, independent academic researchers, and small business entrepreneurs.

Applications will be expected to describe all critical aspects of a program plan including, but not limited to, the course details, location, personnel, educational environment/facilities, and recruitment and diversity strategies. They should also address how to incorporate responsible conduct of research and ethical considerations when developing and translating devices, course evaluation methods, and dissemination plans to make the course materials widely available.

Funding Information

Estimated Total Funding $250,000 direct costs
Expected Number of Awards 1
Estimated Award Ceiling $250,000 direct costs
Primary CFDA Numbers TBD

Anticipated Eligible Organizations

Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Small Business
For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)
State Government
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
County governments
Independent school districts
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization (Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
U.S. Territory or Possession
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entity (Foreign Organization)
Regional Organization
Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government

Applications are not being solicited at this time.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Kari Ashmont, PhD
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)