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NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Competitive Revisions for Studies Focused on Neuropathic Pain or Neural Plasticity to Promote Collaborative Pain Research (R01)

Funding Number: PAR-10-204
Funding Type: PAR
Release Date: May 21, 2010
Expiration Date: September 29, 2012
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Purpose. This FOA is issued as an initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research. The Neuroscience Blueprint is a collaborative framework through which 16 NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices jointly support neuroscience-related research, with the aim of accelerating discoveries and reducing the burden of nervous system disorders (for further information, see The goal of this FOA is to facilitate the partnering of pain scientists and non-pain neuroscientists from the field of neural plasticity to capture insights and expertise from disciplines where transitions from health to disease have been extensively examined. An expected outcome of this FOA will be the formation of partnerships between pain researchers and non-pain neuroscientists to develop new collaborations focused on understanding the maladaptive neuroplastic changes that occur during the transition from acute to chronic pain. It is anticipated that these initial collaborations will lead to new applications for highly innovative projects centered on similar studies of the transition from acute to chronic pain. The purpose of this FOA is to encourage the submission of competitive revision applications that propose a collaborative, one year pilot study or a new specific aim associated with an active NIH grant. The parent grant may be focused on pain or on neural plasticity outside the area of pain. Mechanism of Support. This FOA will utilize the Competitive Revision grant mechanism for R01 applications. Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. The participating Neuroscience Blueprint Institutes intend to commit at least $375,000 in 2011 (and at least an additional $375,000 per year in 2012 and 2013 to fund approximately 5-6 Competitive Revisions in response to this FOA. Awards issued under this FOA are contingent upon the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.