UVA Brain and Data Science Project Sprint 2021: CALL FOR PROPOSALS-CLOSED

The UVA Brain Institute and the UVA School of Data Science invite original proposals for pilot research projects which link cutting-edge neuroscience with advances in data science. 

Work across all spatiotemporal scales of brain science (e.g. cellular, molecular, electrophysiological, neuroimaging, etc) are welcomed.  Application areas of particular interest involve neurodevelopment, health aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other neurological syndromes.  Novel analytic approaches utilizing advanced machine/deep/Bayesian learning, time series analysis, artificial intelligence, multivariate approaches, network theory, image processing, and other sophisticated quantitative methods are strongly desired.  Partnerships should include no more than three UVA faculty researchers.  Faculty partnerships having an ongoing track record of collaborative research activities are welcomed to submit proposals for new projects.  New faculty partnerships, homed in at least two different UVA schools, are also strongly encouraged.

Application materials to be provided include a project summary, NIH/NSF biosketches and current sources of support for team members, and a project budget.  The project summary should not exceed four-pages in total and include the following:  Project Title; Project investigators (with contact emails); UVA Schools of the investigators; Abstract; Background; Approach; Innovation; Expected Results; How this project will advance UVA brain and data science; and references (not more than 10). 

Projects will be adjudicated, scored, and ranked by a senior UVA faculty committee based upon the project’s approach, innovation, feasibility, faculty expertise, use of neuroscience data, computational sophistication, and promise for further development into peer-reviewed research articles and/or grants.

Competitively selected projects will receive up to $15,000 in seed funding to carry out their project over an eight-week period.  Funds may be used in the purchase of project materials or to supplement the salaries of post-doctoral fellows or graduate research assistants. Funds are expected to be exhausted by the conclusion of the project.

All project data and software code are expected to be made openly available via a GitHub account dedicated to this program upon project completion for inspection and use by the UVA brain and data science communities.  Use of the UVA Rivanna and/or Ivy compute systems are encouraged.  Projects selected for funding will also have the opportunity for invitation to participate as key components in a future grant funding opportunity.

The call for proposals is NOW CLOSED. Selected projects will be notified on June 1st, 2021 and be expected to commence their activities not later than June 15th 2021 and provide a full and final report on their project’s outcomes by September 15th, 2021.