• Proposal: 02/01/2018


  • Duration: Up to 3 years


The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement [FOA] submitted through the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is to stimulate the development and validation of novel tools and analytical methods to target, identify and characterize non-neuronal cells in the brain.

This FOA complements previous and ongoing cell-census and tool development efforts initiated under BRAIN, RFA-MH-14-215 and RFA-MH-14-216, that have focused almost exclusively on neuronal cells. The cutting-edge tools and methods developed under this opportunity should focus specifically on providing improved points of entry into non-neuronal cell-types (glial and vascular) to enable their inventory and characterization within the CNS and help define how these cells interact among each other and with neuronal cells to impact functional circuitries. Plans for validating the utility of the tool/technology/method and demonstrating its advantage over currently available approaches will be an essential feature of a successful application. Tools that can be used in several species or model organisms rather than in a single species are especially desirable.

This FOA seeks applications in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Targeting brain non-neuronal cells
  • Identification and description of brain non-neuronal cell-types
  • Manipulation and functional characterization of brain non-neuronal cells


Olivier Berton, Ph.D.
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Telephone: 301-827-7771