The NIH-NIGMS Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Program seeks to augment and strengthen institutional biomedical research capabilities by expanding and developing biomedical faculty research through support of a multidisciplinary center. The COBRE PHASE 2 Center for Neuroplasticity at the University of Puerto Rico aims to (1) foster development of junior investigators into competitive researchers working on projects with broad biomedical significance, (2) provide a state-of-the-art instrumentation core that combines imaging and electrophysiological approaches and expertise, and (3) sustain a COBRE Administrative Core that supports programmatic activities and promotes interdisciplinary collaborations at the basic and translational levels. To enhance achievement of the primary programmatic goals of the COBRE Phase 2 award in the thematic area of Neuroplasticity, synergism is sought from the interaction of its components: research investigators, the Administrative Core activities, and the COBRE Neuroimaging and Electrophysiology Facility (NIEF) core infrastructure. The COBRE NIEF (http://cicim.upr.edu/neuroimaging-and-electrophysiology-facility/) has developed into a unique state-of-the-art resource for the Center for Neuroplasticity investigators at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and the island-wide biomedical research community. To enrich this synergy and increase the overarching impact of the COBRE Phase 2 Neuroplasticity Center a Pilot Projects (2-year projects of $50-100,000 per year) and Seeds Proposals (short-term research seed funding of $3-5,000) of island-wide outreach and dimensions have been instituted and are envisioned to continue in the Phase 3 (2023-2028) of the Neuroplasticity Center. Seed Projects (collaborative or individual) can be applied for until February 1, 2022. Potential Pilot Projects will be included in the Phase 3 COBRE Neuroplasticity Center renewal application by February 2022.
To assess the interests and needs of the Puerto Rico Neuroscience Community in participating and benefiting from the resources of the COBRE Center for Neuroplasticity at the University of Puerto Rico in its current Phase 2 and upcoming Phase 3 stages.