Transformations in Translational Neuroscience

2017 Rutgers BHI, RU-Newark, NJIT Pilot Grants Program in Neuroscience

We are pleased to announce the 2017 pilot grants program in neuroscience at Rutgers University. There are two main objectives of these pilot awards program: (i) to foster new collaborative, interdisciplinary research in the neurosciences not only across Rutgers but also NJIT, Kessler Foundation Research Center, East Orange VA Medical Center, and (ii) support pilot experiments that will lead to sustained funding from an external agency (e.g., NIH). There are two categories of pilot grants available; each award is limited to $40,000 direct costs and no indirect costs or overhead are allowed. For both type of pilots, collaborative multidisciplinary efforts are encouraged. The deadline for these applications is 5 PM, Friday, October 6th, 2017. Submit a SINGLE PDF file to More information is available HERE.

FY17 DOD Multiple Sclerosis Research Program and Vision Research Program

Multiple Sclerosis Research Program: Exploration - Hypothesis Development Award, Investigator-Initiated Research Award.

Vision Research Program: Clinical Trial Award, Technology/Therapeutic  Development Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the website (, the CDMRP website ( and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (


Neuroscience Research on Drug Abuse (R01). The goals of the research areas described in this Neuroscience of Drug Abuse FOA are to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying drug abuse and addiction, with special emphasis on changes that occur during chronic drug use, withdrawal and relapse. PA-17-111


NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (NIMH BRAINS) (R01). RFA-MH-18-200.  The NIMH BRAINS program will focus on the research priorities and gap areas identified in the NIMH Strategic Plan and the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project.

NIH: Confirmatory Efficacy Clinical Trials of Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Mental Disorders RFA (R01)

RFA-MH-17-614. The purpose of this FOA is to support confirmatory efficacy testing of non-pharmacological therapeutic and preventive interventions for mental disorders in adults and children through an experimental therapeutics approach. Interventions to be studied include, but are not limited to behavioral, cognitive, interpersonal, and device-based (both invasive/surgically implanted as well as noninvasive/transcranial) approaches, or a combination thereof.

NIH: Pre to Post-doc F99/K00 transition award

NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00). RFA-NS-17-009 .

BHI Addiction Seminars

Kappa-opioid receptors: new therapeutic targets for mood disorders and addictions. William Carlezon, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Chief, Basic Neuroscience Division, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

First Seminar: Mon, Aug 21st, 2017: 12 Noon, School of Public Health, Room 3B (3rd floor), 683 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway.

Second Seminar: Tues, Aug 22nd, 2017: 12 Noon, NJMS, MSB, H609b, 185 S. Orange Ave, Newark.

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The Third Annual BHI Symposium

Mark your calendars!! The Third Annual Rutgers BHI Symposium will be held on Friday, December 1st, 2017. Keynote speaker- Regina M. Carelli, Ph.D., Stephen B. Baxter Distinguished Professor and Associate Chair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Carelli is a Rutgers alum who obtained her BA, MS & PhD from the Behavioral Neuroscience Program in the Psychology department. Her research examines how the brain processes information about rewards, and how that information is used to guide goal-directed actions.

The 2017-2018 BHI Plenary seminar series

New!! The schedule for the 2017-2018 BHI Plenary Seminar Series is available now. Check out the prominent neuroscientists BHI will be hosting this year.

Rutgers-Princeton Computational Cognitive Neuropsychiatry meeting

Bi-weekly meetings on Wednesdays from 10-11 AM. Meeting schedule available here

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