Funding Support for Neuroinformatics Training and Education Activities

INCF has launched a seed funding scheme to support the development of training materials for neuroinformatics.

Submission is now closed!

Next call: 2018 Seed funding for projects, workshops, travel, and training
Opens: November, 2017

Timeline for 2017

Submission deadline: April 30th, 2017
Review period: May 2017
Funding awarded: June 2017

List of funded grants in the 2017 funding cycle


Teaching neuroinformaticsThe INCF Training and Education Committee will award funding to facilitate the development of training materials that align with INCF’s mission and strategic objectives. Funding will drive forward the development of training materials, such as tutorials, demos, use of open data, and video recording of courses, and support the inclusion of neuroinformatics-related instruction in existing courses.

In this funding cycle, funds will be awarded in two main categories:

  • Development of Neuroinformatics Curricula (expected range $1000 to $3000). Applicants should develop a Program of Study for either the Bachelor’s or Master’s level of study. The plan should include: i. Mission statements, ii. objectives, iii. rationales for the courses included in the Program of Study, iv. Syllabi for the courses within the Program of Study. Neuroinformatics is understood here as a broad field that encompasses many different combinations of neuroscience and informatics topics. We will accept proposals for curriculum that covers any of this broad territory.
  • Course Grants (expected range $2000-$20000). Funds may be used to support the inclusion of neuroinformatics lectures in existing courses (fund travel for instructors), support the video recording of existing neuroinformatics-related courses, and support the development of neuroinformatics-related training materials (tutorials, demos, etc…), as well as support the holding of in-person courses and hackathons. All materials generated under the Course Grants Funding Scheme are to be deposited in the INCF Training Materials Repository and be released with permissive licence (eg CC0).

More information and links

Detailed instructions for submitters

Training seed funding review criteria (pdf)

INCF training seed funding eligibility criteria (pdf)

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

How much can I apply for?

Neuroinformatics Curricula development grants are expected to range from $1000 to $3000. Course Grant applications are expected to range from $2000 to $20000.

Can I include indirect costs?

No. INCF will not accept indirect costs on grants of this size.

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply. All applicants must commit to sharing products from the final project, such as reports, data, code, and training materials.

What subject areas are funded?

The purpose of the seed funding is to facilitate community work aligned with INCF’s mission and strategic objectives.  We welcome applications from researchers in all fields related to neuroinformatics, including (but not limited to) data- and knowledge-bases of the nervous system from molecular to behavioral levels; tools for the acquisition, analysis, and visualization of nervous system data; and theoretical, computational, and simulation environments for modeling the brain.

Who will review my application?

Review is carried out by the INCF Training and Education Committee. The INCF Secretariat administers the process. Funding is awarded based on the review results. Read the INCF seed funding review criteria.

Can I submit more than one application?

You can submit several applications. Those that fulfill the eligibility requirements will be reviewed.

What happens after the submission?

Valid submissions enter the review process. Reviews are conducted based on funding review criteria agreed by the INCF Training and Education Committee. The INCF Secretariat awards funding according to the ranked list of proposals from the review. Awards are expected to be made in May 2017.

Submissions that do not fulfill the eligibility criteria are removed by the INCF Secretariat and applicants informed.

If your application is funded:

Curricula development and Course Grants applications will get 100% of funds following the award.

What is the timeline?

Submissions are open until April 30, 2017. Reviews will be completed in May 2017. Funds are expected to be awarded in June 2017.

Where does the money come from?

Under approval from the INCF Governing Board, the seed funding is taken from INCF’s core funds which are contributed by the INCF Governing Member countries.

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