Global Brain Research – NIH Funding Opportunity


This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages exploratory/developmental research grant applications, piloting innovative, collaborative research projects with low- and middle-income country (LMIC) institutions/ scientists on brain and other nervous system-related function and disorders throughout life, relevant to LMICs. Research on the full spectrum of neuro-health, neurological, neuromuscular, sensory, neuropsychiatric, cognitive, behavioral and neurodevelopmental function and disorders may span the full range of science from basic to clinical to translation and implementation research. Scientists in LMIC institutions may partner with scientists in other LMIC institutions and/or U.S. institutions . Income categories are defined by the World Bank at

These grants are expected to foster the development of more comprehensive research programs that contribute to the long-term goals of building sustainable neuro-health research capacity in LMICs to address brain, nervous system and neuromuscular related development, function and impairment throughout life and to lead to diagnostics, prevention, treatment and implementation strategies. The proposed work may also contribute to developing a base for research networking and evidence-based policy beyond the specific research project.


The Global Brain research FOAs have been reissued!  2021 Receipt date is Dec 9. (But note that 2022 and 2023 receipt dates are in November) .

Applications will be reviewed in February/March of the following year and will  go to the May/June  NIH Councils


Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan

(R21) (PAR-21-319)


Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan

(R01, PAR-21-311)


Reminder – The R01 Applications must be relevant to the mission of one of the participating ICs other than FIC. Applicants for the R01 should consult with the listed IC staff contact(s). Confirmation of interest from at least one NIH IC, other than FIC is strongly encouraged before applying. Send confirmation of IC interest in taking assignment of the submitted application to


As of this writing, for the R01,  the participating R01 NIH Institutes and Centers are:

National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)


For Application how-to details:

Applicants from international organizations must complete additional requirements to register for the electronic submission of grant applications (see: ;

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