About IBNR

The Institute for Brain and Neuroscience Research (IBNR) aims to be the primary home for all neuroscience research initiatives at NJIT. Its goals are to promote high quality research in neuroscience and neural engineering, to train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in an interdisciplinary environment so that they can compete in the academic and industry markets, and to identify and develop synergies among research groups across different departments and colleges. IBNR will holistically represent neuroscience and neural engineering research and training at NJIT in order to provide visibility at the national and international levels. IBNR will collaborate with similar institutes at Rutgers University, Princeton University, other local academic institutions and local industry to stimulate the formation of NJ Neuroscience at the state level.

The Institute Goals are to

  • Foster pilot research and training projects across various faculty from engineering, sciences and mathematics within NJIT and submit graduate training grants (e.g. NIH T32/T34, NSF NRT) within three years of establishment.
  • Successfully initiate an interdisciplinary neuroscience and neural engineering PhD degree program within five years at NJIT and, ideally, through collaboration among various NJ state universities
  • Increase the number of interdisciplinary neuroscience and neural engineering proposal by 10% each year for the next five years
  • Increase annual research funding in the area of neuroscience and neural engineering by at least 50% in five years.
  • Identify scientific and technology gaps and help recruit six new tenure-track faculty in neuroscience and neural engineering in the next five years.

Evaluation Criteria

The Institute will be evaluated by the number of external grants submitted and the attempt at and success in securing an external training grant.

  • It is expected that at least four cross-departmental collaborative projects will be started under the umbrella of the Institute by year 4.
  • It is expected that the Institute will support four doctoral students by year 4.
  • External advisory board, including with at least half the members from academic institutions, will be appointed in consultation with the VPR and the Deans of NCE and CSLA.

Governance Structure

The Institute will have two co-directors, one from CSLA and one from NCE, for a term of three years. The directors must be core members of the Institute. At any time, the director(s) can be removed by a two-thirds majority vote of no confidence of the core faculty.

  • One Assistant Director, also a core member, will be appointed by the Directors to manage the training component of the Institute.
  • The Directors and Assistant Director form the Executive Committee, which will be in charge of the regular operation of the institute, reporting to the VPR and to the External Advisory Board. If necessary, the Executive Committee will appoint committees to help run the different activities of the institute, such as awarding internal grants and fellowships.
  • The Executive Committee will organize the annual meeting and biannual retreat.
  • Within 3 years, an External Advisory Board will be appointed to review the activities of the Institute annually and suggest improvements.
  • The Institute will report annually to the VPR and the External Advisory Board.
  • A Grant Proposal Review Committee will be established by the Executive Committee to help members prepare inter-disciplinary grant proposals.