Notice Announcing Funding Opportunity Issued for the Data and Resource Center for the Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions Program

Notice Number: NOT-RM-17-014

Key Dates
Release Date:  March 29, 2017

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Issued by
Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)


The NIH Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program seeks applications to support development of the Data Coordination, Anatomical and Functional Map Synthesis, and Modeling & Simulation functionalities of the SPARC Data and Resource Center (DRC). The SPARC DRC will serve as a multi-functional hub for the research, engineering, and clinical communities, disseminating knowledge and tools to advance neuromodulation targeting organs or organ systems. When fully realized, the DRC will host an interactive atlas of human and selected animal peripheral
nervous systems, spanning from the end organs under study in SPARC to potential neuromodulation
intervention points. Users will be able to design and place nerve stimuli and observe predictions of their end effects at multiple organs, while accounting for user-defined anatomical and physiological
parameters. The system will be able to offer a readout of which input uncertainties drive the output
uncertainty, providing guidance for where repeated measurements and new experiments are needed.  

This funding opportunity (RM-16-008) is accessible at Letters of Intent (LOI) are required and are due by April 7, 2017. Following LOI submission, a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full application, which is due by June 2, 2017.

This announcement solicits applications under the Other Transactions mechanism. Applications will be considered from higher education institutions, small and large corporations, foreign organizations, non-profits, other federal and state agencies, as well as individuals not affiliated with an organization. Potential applicants are encouraged to learn more about the following:

Informational Webinar: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 11:30am - 12:30pm ET
Meeting number (access code): 627 857 246            
Meeting password: 12345

Virtual office hours: visit to sign up
We strongly encourage using these as an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your ideas with the SPARC team.


Please direct all inquiries to:

SPARC Program Staff