T&C Chen Brain-Machine Interface Center: Call for Proposals FY2024
The T&C Chen Brain-Machine Interface Center seeks proposals for scientific studies and technical developments in the area of brain-machine interfaces.
This call is broad, encompassing novel research on brain control of machines. One example is computer algorithms for analyzing neural data and developing decoding algorithms. This topic would benefit from applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Another example is developing assistive devices that can be directly controlled by recorded neural activity. Assistive devices include robotics and computers. Yet another example is exploring new recording technologies. These technologies may increase the coverage, yield, or stability of neural recordings. Studies can be basic, discovering neural mechanisms that can be harnessed for future brain-machine interfaces.
The above are only examples and other topics on advancing brain-machine interfaces are appropriate. The brain-machine interface applications and studies can be performed in human or non-human animal models.
Two awards, $70,000 each.
Eligibility, terms and review criteria
The full proposal must include:
1) A completed Application Form. Download the fillable PDF form here
Please provide the following information in the dedicated fields on the application form:
a) RFP applying for
b) Lead PI name and division
c) Co-PI name(s) and division(s), if applicable
d) Proposal Title
e) Project Summary, 3 - 4 sentences.
f) Proposal questions, answer in 2 - 3 sentences.
- How does it engage other members from the Caltech community?
- What is a successful outcome, and what would it allow you to do that is currently not possible?
- To your knowledge, is anything similar being done by colleagues at other universities? If so, by who and where and how does it differ from what you propose.
2) Additional Documents: to be attached separately from the application form.
a) What do you propose to do? Description of your project, 500 words max, 12-point font. One page of figures with legends, 4 figures max (use 10 or 11-point font for figure legends, these are not counted in the 500 word limit) and list of references (no page limit).
b) Simple budget (no page limit): Outline how you propose to use the funds, each with a short (1-2 sentence) justification.
Budget may include:
- Equipment, equipment usage (e.g. fMRI hourly fees)
- Reasonable consumable supplies
- Travel for dissemination of research findings
- Budget may NOT include: faculty salary
c) Document listing other support: title of grant, amount of money, and brief one sentence description, (no page limit).
d) Signed Division Approval Form (DAF): Please note that if you are submitting a proposal with collaboration between labs in different divisions then the DAF must be signed by all Division Chairs.
Email your completed application form, project description, budget, list of support, and DAF as a single PDF file to: 2024_Re.firstname.lastname@example.org
Name your attached PDF file as follows: Last Name_2024
Your proposal will be uploaded to Box and you will receive a confirmation email from Box within a few hours of submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email after 24 hours, please contact us directly at Chen.Inst@caltech.edu