Cognitive Neuroscience

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Next deadline: Aug 15, 2024

Later deadlines: Feb 1, 2025, Aug 15, 2025, Feb 1, 2026, Aug 15, 2026, Feb 1, 2027, Aug 15, 2027, Feb 1, 2028, Aug 15, 2028, Feb 1, 2029, Aug 15, 2029

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Neuroscience

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States


NOTE: All applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

The Cognitive Neuroscience (CogNeuro) Program seeks to fund proposals that can advance our understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying human cognition and behavior. Funded proposals typically advance theories in cognitive neuroscience by relating precise and rich quantifications of physiology, cognition and behavior with each other (Intellectual Merit). Funded proposals also typically strengthen the field through, for example, outreach, mentoring the next generation of diverse cognitive neuroscientists and/or increasing awareness and utilization of the research the field produces (Broader Impacts).

Intellectual Merit

In general, successful proposals provide a theoretical motivation for a series of experiments and analyses that test the differential predictions of that theory; they go beyond quantifying physiology associated with cognition and behavior. Research topics considered for funding include but are not limited to: action, perception, imagery, recognition, categorization, learning and memory, working memory, attention, language, problem solving, decision-making and social reasoning. 

Critically, proposals will be returned without review if they are focused on:

  • either behavior or physiology and lack a specific link between them,
  • understanding clinical populations or
  • non-human animals without a clear benefit to our understanding of humans.

Broader Impacts

In general, successful proposals seek to make impacts beyond traditional academic routes, such as having the PIs publish research or teach undergraduate courses. Strong broader impacts can be quite varied but will typically involve specific efforts strengthening the field and/or increasing its visibility by leveraging the characteristics of the institution, department and/or researcher. Consider the following non-exhaustive examples:

  • STEM education and outreach, particularly in underserved communities.
  • Directly involving undergraduates and high-school students in research.
  • Making tools and applications available, discoverable, and easily useable by, the general public.
  • Science journalism or communication.

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