SPARC Funding Opportunity (FO)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the current FO

We appreciate your interest in the current SPARC Funding Opportunity and hope that you and your team will choose to submit an application. In order to maximize your chances of success, we would like to provide some guidance that may be helpful as you put the finishing touches on your application:

  1. Please view information about the o2S2PARC platform, including an informational webinar, platform documentation and demos that are available on the SPARC - FOA Priorities page.
  2. For clarification of the Priority, we encourage you to submit your questions to

Frequently Asked Questions for OTA-20-004

1. What does it mean for a simulation to be interoperable?

2. What does it mean for a simulation to be personalizable?

3. Can my proposed project focus on a disease or condition of my choice?

4. How and why should I incorporate the Ten Simple Rules for Model Credibility into my planning?

5. How can I gain access to the o2S2PARC platform?

6. Can proposed projects have any data collection components, or should they be wholly theoretical?

7. Is use of SPARC experimental data required?

8. How should my application account for work that involves collaborating with the IT'IS Foundation?

9. Can you explain the requirement that projects should strive to make an impact on neuromodulation therapy development within the next 1-4 years?

10. To what extent can projects generate new experimental data?

This page last reviewed on April 24, 2020