FOA: Centers Without Walls for Collaborative Research in the Epilepsies: Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)
NIH/NINDS issued a request for applications to obtain funding to accelerate the rate of progress in understanding the underlying causes and contributing factors to SUDEP and work toward interventions that prevent SUDEP.
This purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support a multicenter, multidisciplinary research team to accelerate the rate of progress in identifying the underlying mechanisms that cause SUDEP, identify risk factors of SUDEP for individuals with epilepsy, and/or develop prevention strategies to reduce SUDEP rates. It is expected that advances in understanding the underlying mechanisms of SUDEP will enable more rapid translation of targeted clinical therapies and prevention strategies.
The Center Without Walls will be comprised of awardees under this FOA who submit linked U01 applications for either scientific projects or cores. During the course of the funding period, technologies will improve and the rate of progress and scope of the research may change. It is expected that the PDs/PIs, in consultation with NINDS program staff, will make necessary adjustments to accommodate the changing research environment, to remain focused on appropriate goals, to maintain excellent coordination with the other projects funded through the Center Without Walls program, and to incorporate new technological advances.
The Center Without Walls is a collaborative effort that requires frequent interactions of awardees among themselves and with the NIH. Applicants must explicitly indicate their willingness to: participate in Executive and/or Steering Committee Meetings and regular telephone conference calls; cooperate with other awardees in the development and design of research priorities, especially regarding resources; and agree to the "Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award" in Section VI.2. "Award Administration Information".