Harvard/MIT Research Grants Program in Basic Neuroscience

This research grants program supports collaborative research in basic neuroscience.

Proposals for innovative, high risk, basic neuroscience research are invited from principal investigators from across the Harvard and MIT communities.

The program is intended to forge collaborations between PIs who have not previously worked together. Collaborations involving at least two PIs from different departments and ideally from different institutions are particularly encouraged.


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2013 Competition:
Twenty-nine proposals were received from a total of 61 principal investigators from 15 institutions and schools. On February 3rd, 2014 the program SAB met and selected the following five winners.

Congratulations go to:

Thomas Schwarz (F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center, BCH) and Samara Reck-Peterson (Dept. of Cell Biology, HMS) for their proposal:  A Novel Protein Photo-Inactivation Method to Probe Intracellular Transport.

John Asaad (Dept. of Neurobiology, HMS) and Emery Brown (Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT) for their proposal:  Revealing functional connectivity in local cortical circuits by causality analysis.

Chinfei Chen (F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center, BCH) and Mark Andermann (Div. of Endocrinology, Dept. of Medicine, BIDMC) for their proposal:  Visualizing plasticity of retinogeniculate axonal arbors in awake mice.

Rosalind Segal (Dept. of Cancer Biology and Pediatric Oncology, DFCI) and Myriam Heiman (Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT, Picower and Broad Institute) for their proposal:  Neurotrophin Regulation of Axonal Translation.

Sandeep Robert Datta (Dept. of Neurobiology, HMS) and Ryan Adams (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, HU) for their proposal:  New Methods for Social Behavior Analysis.

For a list of previous winners, click here.