Key Provisions of the National Neurotechnology Initiative Act

Establishes a NNTI for the purpose of setting goals and priorities for neurotechnology R&D, investing in R&D toward those goals, and coordinating inter-agency R&D efforts.

Authorizes the NNTI to:

– Coordinate, support, and extend the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research;
– Coordinate and support neuroscience Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs;
– Facilitate testing and evaluation of advances in neuromedicine, including drugs, diagnostics, and devices; and
– Coordinate and promote the study of the social, ethical, and legal aspects of neurotechnology.

Establishes a National Neurotechnology Coordinating Office, with a Director and staff, within the Department of Health and Human Services to help agencies plan joint and complementary research strategies and to serve as the unified voice of federal neurotechnology efforts. Creates an advisory panel of experts from industry, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations to inform the NNTI on issues including R&D priorities, technology transfer, commercial applications, and ethical, legal, and social issues.

The NNTI legislation includes $200M of new Federal funding for the first fiscal year (with $200M+ each year for four additional years). A summary of the NNTI funding breaks out as follows:

National Institutes of Health

– $80M to fund the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research (expands basic neuroscience infrastructure available to 16 NIH Institutes involved in the brain and nervous system)

– $75M to fund neurotechnology-related SBIR and STTR at the NIH (additional funding beyond current program to accelerate translational innovation)

Food and Drug Administration

• $30M for the FDA to increase neuroscience-related staff and to develop workshops to develop neurotech standards (increases timeliness & safety of neurotech review process)

Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues

– $10M to develop a research center to conduct studies on the ethical, legal and social implications of neurotech (increases national coordination and industry growth)

– $5M to create and run a National Neurotechnology Coordination Office and advisory council (improves national coordination among agencies)

Write a letter to Congress in Support of the NNTI.

Please contact: Zack Lynch, Executive Director, [email protected] for more information.

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