Latest News

Check out the latest announcements about the SPARC Portal and the latest news about the SPARC program.

Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for SPARC VNS Endpoints from Standardized Parameters (VESPA) (U54 Clinical Trial Required).

This initiative intends to support a large multisite study of the multi-organ effects of vagus nerve stimulation in humans. The FOA is expected to be published in December 2021 with an expected application due date in Spring 2022.

October 8, 2021

New Funding Opportunity

SPARC Human Open Research Neural Engineering Technologies (HORNET) Initiative: Register for Q&A session on Thursday, Oct. 21.

October 8, 2021

Neuroscience 2021 will now be Fully Virtual

The Society for Neuroscience will now hold Neuroscience 2021 as a fully virtual experience, eliminating the in-person portion planned for Chicago, Illinois. The virtual event will be online November 8-11, 2021, with Preview Days taking place November 3-7.

October 8, 2021

SPARC Request for Information on Vagus Nerve Circuitry

Request for information on high-resolution connectivity profiles of the human vagus nerve, submit by Oct. 5, 2021

September 14, 2021

SPARC Portal updates!

A new image gallery tab and segmentation viewer for datasets, and numerous improvements.

September 1, 2021

The SPARC Portal updates for July and August are now live!

New Community Spotlight section highlights SPARC team projects. Updates to Find Data page, filtering of datasets, and Help Center.

August 11, 2021

Announcing the Winners of the 2021 SPARC FAIR Codeathon.

Two weeks of creative thinking about Findable, Accessible, Reusable & Interoperable data! Go to the Codeathon page to learn about the winners with prizes of up to $20,000.

July 30, 2021

Applications due for oral presentations at the 2022 Gordon Research Seminar on Neuroelectronic Technologies are due Dec. 12, 2021!

The seminar (March 12-13, 2022; Ventura, CA, USA) will focus on identifying challenges and solutions for translating the next generation of neural devices from laboratories to clinics. The seminar will precede the Gordon Research Conference.

July 29, 2021

SPARC presents at Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Scholarly Document Processing

SPARC team presents "Detecting Anatomical and Functional Connectivity Relations in Biomedical Literature via Language Representation Models", a relation extraction system used to expand SPARC’s Connectivity Knowledge Base in the autonomic nervous system.

July 19, 2021

Watch SPARC’s first Fireside Chat!

New NIH SPARC Plug vlog featuring SPARC-funded researchers and their peers discussing their latest scientific discoveries, from the bench to the bedside, and how SPARC Portal resources may help target new therapies for the gut!

July 8, 2021