Reporting Avenues for Concerns Related to Integrity or Fairness

*Ends after February/March 2023 review meetings


The F02B study section reviews fellowship applications including those with an emphasis on understanding normal sensory (both auditory and visual), motor or sensorimotor function.

The proposed science may involve either animal models or human subjects. F02B also reviews applications with projects examining visual, somatosensory and nociceptive information processing, integration of multisensory information, and neural correlates of attention and cognition. Cognitive neuroscience applications are also reviewed in this panel and include attention, object and facial recognition as well as disorders of cognitive, sensory, perceptual and motor development.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates


  • Studies of anterior eye diseases
  • Studies of motor control focusing on cortical, subcortical, and spinal systems underlying locomotion and other motor behaviors
  • Genetic, transgenic and other animal models of Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other motor diseases
  • Sensorimotor integration , such as studies of the rodent whisker-barrel system, investigations of hand-eye coordination, and studies of proprioception
  • Mechanisms of touch, mechanosensation, thermosensation, encoded by somatosensory cortex as well as subcortical, spinal, and peripheral systems
  • Mechanisms of pain and analgesia, ranging from studies of primary afferents to spinal circuits to central processes involved in nociception
  • Studies of anatomical and neurophysiological substrates of central visual processes, such as object and motion perception, binocular processes and studies of cortical plasticity at cellular and network levels
  • Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience, such as studies of attention, face and object perception, motor learning and reward mechanisms
  • Studies of interactions of sensory modalities, such as interactions of auditory and visual systems
  • Perceptual mechanisms for all sensory modalities
  • Cognitive, sensory, or perceptual mechanisms underlying behavioral, mental and aging disorders
  • Disorders of cognitive, sensory, perceptual and motor development, including intellectual disabilities, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • F02B reviews applications using a range of animal models and/or human subjects. Methods range from cellular/molecular neurobiology to neurophysiology to human psychophysical and imaging approaches

Shared Interests and Overlaps

In F02B, topics involving anterior eye biology overlap with Neurodevelopment, Synaptic Plasticity and Neurodegeneration Fellowship Study Section [F03A] and Cell Biology, Developmental Biology and Bioengineering [F05]. Disorders or injuries of sensory, motor, cognitive, or perceptual mechanisms may be shared with Brain Disorders and Related Neurosciences Fellowship Study Section [F01A] and Biophysical, Physiological, Pharmacological and Bioengineering Neuroscience Fellowship Study Section [F03B], and F02B may overlap with F03A in developmental, neuroplastic, or degenerative/regenerative aspects of these disorders. Affective and social cognition overlap with Behavioral Neuroscience Fellowship Study Section [F02A]; cognitive mechanisms of learning, memory, reward and decision-making overlap with both F02A and Learning and Memory, Language, Communication and Related Neurosciences Fellowship Study Section [F01B]. Perceptual and motor aspects of communication may also overlap with F01B. Biology of neural circuits and biomedical engineering applications to sensory, motor, cognitive, or perceptual functions are topics shared with F03B.