BCI Meeting 2016: Panel of Funding Officers

We are honored to have a panel of Program Officers from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation on Thursday June 2nd from 1:30-2:30 in Merrill Hall.  The Program Officers, the agencies they represent, and their funding priorities are listed below.

The panel will provide a brief intro and some little-known facts about their agencies, then the group will split for more detailed agency-specific discussions.  If you have brief, non-specific questions that you would like the panel to address, please send them by May 25th.

If you desire answers to more specific questions about your ideas, all funding officers have expressed their willingness to meet one-on-one with attendees at the BCI Meeting prior to the funding panel.  If you would like to take advantage of this, please send your name and who you are interested in meeting  and we will try to connect you in the time available.

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Studies of interest: BCIs supporting communication for patients unable to use existing augmentative and alternative communication technologies.

Roger Miller, Ph.D.

Program Director for Neural Prosthesis Development Program,

Lana Shekim, Ph.D.

Program Director, Voice and Speech Programs

NIH, National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke

 Studies of interest: Functional neuromuscular stimulation, cortical microelectrode arrays, biocompatibility of neural interfaces, neural engineering, neuroprostheses, neuromodulation, BCI devices and systems, prosthetic control, neural interface technology development, neurovascular devices, clinical trials of medical devices, regulatory approval of neural devices, cortical and spinal sensorimotor integration, neural rehabilitation, circuit-level experimental neurophysiology, etc.

 Nick B. Langhals, Ph.D.                      

Program Director for Neural Engineering Repair and Plasticity Cluster,

NIH, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Studies of interest: Rehabilitation domain, applicable to assistive technology applications, motor re-innervation or reanimation approaches, control algorithms for BCI, and development of invasive and non-invasive BCI methods for rehabilitation applications.

Alison Cernich, Ph.D.

Director, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research,

National Science Foundation

Studies of interest: Enable scientific understanding of the full complexity of the brain, in action and in context, through targeted, cross-disciplinary investments in research, technology, and workforce development.  Neuroengineering and brain-inspired concepts and designs; individuality and variation; cognitive and neural processes in realistic complex environments, and data-intensive neuroscience and cognitive science.

Alexander Leonessa, Ph.D.

Program Director, General & Age Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE), Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental & Transport Systems, Engineering Directorate