Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)

The Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) participating agencies are pleased to announce the release of the program solicitation for 2021 through 2023 (NSF 20-609), now available at

The next proposal deadline will be DECEMBER 10, 2020.

The program will consider domestic and international projects, including Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects and Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.

In addition to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Energy (DOE) is now participating as a US funding partner. International funding partners include the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF); the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR); the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF); Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT); and Spain's State Research Agency (Agencia Estatal de Investigación, AEI) and National Institute of Health Carlos III (Instituto de Salud Carlos III, ISCIII). 

In addition:

* The description of scientific topics and approaches has been updated;

* Community-driven workshops or similar activities are encouraged, to map out new interdisciplinary frontiers;

* Agency contacts, agency-specific instructions, and allowable multilateral proposals have been updated;

* Information on Results from Prior Support is required if any PI or co-PI has received funding from any of the CRCNS participating funding organizations within the past five years; note that sharing of data, software, and/or other resources under prior support must be addressed; and

* Letters of collaboration should be limited to the revised format recommended in the proposal preparation instructions.

Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1). Please pay attention to recent changes to NSF guidelines (, including required formats for biographical sketches and current and pending support.

Broad distribution of this announcement is encouraged. We look forward to receiving your proposals.

For further information, please see and parallel documents from the participating agencies. Scientific or administrative questions may be addressed to the appropriate agency contacts below:

General inquiries 

Kenneth  Whang,  CRCNS Program Coordinator - NSF; Program Director, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems,  National Science Foundation,  telephone: (703) 292-5149,  fax: (703) 292-9073,  email:

Chantel  Sanders,  CRCNS Administrative Coordinator - NSF; Program Analyst, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems,  National Science Foundation,  telephone: (703) 292-2617,  fax: (703) 292-9073,  email:



Esther Chacón, email: or



Fabien Guillot, Scientific Officer, Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies Department, telephone: +33 1 7354 8197, email:

Sheyla Mejia, Scientific Coordinator, Biology and Health Department, telephone: +33 1 7809 8014, email:



Katja Hüttner, DLR Projektträger für das BMBF, telephone: +49 228 3821 2177, email:, web:



Yael Dressler, telephone: +972-2-5828239, email:

Rachel Haring, telephone: +972-2-5828239, email:



Robinson Pino, Program Manager, Office of Science, Advanced Scientific Computing Research, telephone: (301) 903-1263, email:



Ignacio Baanante Balastegui, telephone: +34-918222576, email:





Michele Ferrante (NIH Chair), Program Director, Theoretical & Computational Neuroscience and Computational Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health, telephone: (301) 435-6782, email:

Wen Chen, Program Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, telephone: (301) 451-3989, email:

James Gnadt, Program Director, Systems & Cognitive Neuroscience, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, telephone: (301) 496-9964, email:

John A. Matochik, Program Director, Division of Neuroscience and Behavior, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, telephone: (301) 451-7319, email:

Vani Pariyadath, Chief, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Branch, National Institute on Drug Abuse, telephone: (301) 443-3209, email:

Grace C. Y. Peng, Program Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, telephone: (301) 451-4778, email:

Amy Poremba, Program Director, Central Pathways for Hearing and Balance, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, telephone: (301) 496-1804, email:

Cheri Wiggs, Program Director, Division of Extramural Research, National Eye Institute, telephone: (301) 451-2020, email:

Bradley Wise, Chief of the Neurobiology of Aging and Neurodegeneration Branch, Division of Neuroscience, National Institute on Aging, telephone: (301) 496-9350, email:



Kenneth Whang, Program Director, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, telephone: (703) 292-5149, fax: (703) 292-9073, email:

Jonathan Fritz, Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-8740, email:

Nakhiah Goulbourne, Program Director, Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation, telephone: (703) 292-7715, email:

Maija Kukla, Program Director, Office of International Science and Engineering, telephone: (703) 292-4940, email:

Floh Thiels, Program Director, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, telephone: (703) 292-8167, email:

Junping Wang, Program Director, Division of Mathematical Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-4488, email:

John Zhang, Program Director, Division of Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems, telephone: (703) 292-8339, email:


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