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New Partnership Launches with Meeting at Berkeley Lab
April 1, 2014

photo from Proposers' Day eventTo unite the research strengths of Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, the three institutions recently announced the formation of the Tri-Institutional Partnership as a means to promote collaborative research among the three institutions.

The partnership‘s first venture will seed collaborative research projects in neurotechnology. The project was formally launched earlier this year with the announcement of a peer-reviewed competition for teams among the participating institutions to catalyze bold, potentially transformative research in neurotechnology at scale.

On March 13, more than 90 researchers from all three partners convened at Berkeley Lab for “Proposers’ Day,” to learn more about the seed program, the opportunities provided by President Obama’s BRAIN initiative, and especially to share their research ideas and forge new collaborations.

“Bringing people together across disciplines is difficult, and across institutions even more so,” said Graham Fleming, Vice Chancellor for Research at Berkeley.  “But the impressive turn out of researchers across all three institutions and the energy in the room demonstrates the level of excitement they share in addressing the neurotechnology challenges posed in the BRAIN Initiative.”

“I was happy to see such a tremendous turnout for our first Proposer’s Day. Our scientists were joined by 23 scientists from UC SF and 28 from UC Berkeley,” said Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon. “This demonstrates to me that the Bay Area scientific community is ready for the tri-institutional partnership in order to address new and interdisciplinary scientific challenges.”

Successful “seeds” of the regional program will be calibrated on technical excellence, innovation, and the substantive involvement of the collaborative partners across multiple disciplines. To ensure impact, each project must have a clear path from concept to the development of a competitive proposal for outside funding.

Go here to learn more about the Tri-Institutional Partnership and the BRAIN R&D seed-funding project to support innovative neurotechnology.

Proposers’ Day

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10am – 3pm
Hosted by LBNL -- Building 66 Auditorium (refer to signage in the building lobby)

This event will be a unique opportunity to discuss collaborative research ideas with colleagues from LBNL, UC Berkeley and UCSF towards the BRAIN Initiative and to the recently announced innovative neurotechnology seed funding call.  

Potential topics for discussion include:  genetic targeting; statistics and visualization for large scale recordings; neural interface technology – optical versus electrical; massively large channel count recordings.

The agenda and logistical information can be found here:

If you are interested in attending, please register here.  Registration is closed.

Check this website for updates.

Useful Links:
LBNL Site Map
LBNL Shuttle Bus Schedule

The following message was broadly distributed from the Office of Science & Technology via email to stakeholders in the research community.

February 24, 2014
Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I wanted to draw your attention to our announcement today that we plan to hold an event at the White House later this year on the BRAIN Initiative.

It will be an opportunity to highlight the remarkable progress already made by a wide array of stakeholders, as well as to highlight new commitments from companies, health systems, patient advocacy organizations, philanthropists, state governments, research universities, private research institutes, and scientific societies that will help us advance the goals of this ambitious project.

I encourage you to take a look at our blog post, which goes into more detail about how groups around the country can get involved:

Also, we’ll be hosting a conference call to discuss the next steps for the BRAIN Initiative on Wednesday, March 5th at 4:00pm EST.  If you’d like to learn more about how groups around the country are getting involved, you can RSVP for the call by emailing

We would be delighted to hear about new or expanded activities that you are engaged in that align with the President’s call to action for The BRAIN Initiative – and please share a link to our blog with individuals or organizations you think may be interested as well. If you’d like to get involved, please send an e-mail to