Neuroscience Information Framework

“What is NIF?
Brain ImageA dynamic inventory of Web-based neuroscience resources: data, materials, and tools accessible via any computer connected to the Internet. An initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, the Neuroscience Information Framework advances neuroscience research by enabling discovery and access to public research data and tools worldwide through an open source, networked environment.”


In biomedicine, new tools and approaches often make possible quantum advances in
research on health and disease, and sometimes shift the manner in which such
research is undertaken, and results interpreted. Conversely, the complexity of
living systems represent interesting challenges to researchers, providing ample
opportunity for testing and expanding the limits of their science and technology.

The brain, and its product, behavior, represent one of the most complex systems in
biomedicine. Despite this, brain and behavioral sciences are rapidly advancing,
with important discoveries coming to light almost daily. These discoveries will
improve understanding of healthy brain function and offer promise to the millions
suffering from brain disorders of all types.

This PA seeks to enable neuroscience and behavioral research by soliciting research
and development of novel tools and approaches for the study of the development,
structure, and function of the brain. Such tools could include those used for
clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of brain disorders. Significant
enhancements of existing technologies are also solicited. Research solicited under
this program announcement is not limited to any particular type of technology,
level of analysis, or approach. Multidisciplinary teams of researchers are
encouraged to apply.

Technologies appropriate for study, development and enhancement under this PA
include hardware, software, and wetware (and combinations of thereof) that would be
used to study the brain or behavior in basic or clinical research. The research
topics identified here represent examples of technologies that are appropriate for
this solicitation. These examples are not a complete list of the technologies
sought; they are intended only as a guide for determining the appropriateness of a
research topic.”

RELEASE DATE: October 08, 2003

H.R.1483 — National Neurotechnology Initiative Act
not passed!

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