Learn about the SPARC Portal and the SPARC Program
Facilitate enhanced understanding of the peripheral nervous system to support the development of safe and effective bioelectronic therapies by driving collaborative neurosciences and providing online resources for accessing and submitting curated data and models, as well as dynamic knowledge-management and visualization tools.
To ensure that the knowledge and data generated by the NIH SPARC initiative is FAIR, to lay the foundation for sustainable growth of that knowledge beyond SPARC, and to foster a surrounding community.
To meet the Vision and Mission the SPARC Portal has a roadmap of future functionality to provide an open, sustainable online resource and infrastructure for autonomic neurosciences and bioelectronic medicine to the global scientific community, and to foster collaboration.
The Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program is supported by the NIH Common Fund to provide a scientific and technological foundation for future bioelectronic medicine devices and protocols.
The goal of the SPARC program is to identify neural targets and accelerate the development of therapeutic devices that modulate electrical activity in the vagus and other nerves to help treat diseases and conditions, such as hypertension and gastrointestinal disorders, by precisely adjusting organ function.
Some of the ways the SPARC program is working to advance this goal include:
Funding Opportunities: See current SPARC and related funding opportunities.