The HBP is currently focused on novel research and on providing the infrastructure for such research, particularly on serving the needs of innovators and early adopters of new technology such as the HBP Platforms.
Following the public release of the Platforms, future emphasis will be on refining the Platforms through scientific use cases, and on strengthening cross-Platform collaboration. To realise this, co-design and product-based planning have been adapted into the concept of Co-Design Projects (CDPs). These will involve multi-disciplinary input from a number of different Subprojects and will be led by senior scientists from the HBP. The six CDPs are:
- CDP1: Development of Whole Mouse Brain Model and Related Mouse Brain Atlas
- CDP2: Mouse-Based Cellular Cortical and Subcortical Microcircuit Models
- CDP3: Multi-Level Human Brain Atlas
- CDP4: Visuo-Motor Integration
- CDP5: Plasticity, Learning and Development: Modelling the Dynamic Brain
- CDP6: Modelling for Drug Discovery
The CDPs have been chosen for their feasibility and potential value to different groups of target users. They have been used in planning to map out collaboration, data gathering and simulation between Platforms. Working within and across SPs, each CDP aims to deliver a number of infrastructure product advances, which are a set of functionalities to achieve cross-Platform bridges and workflows in line with the Flagship Objectives of the HBP. The CDPs are intended to drive these cross-Platform developments, involving tasks and investigators from both Neuroscience and Platform SPs, towards the realisation of an aligned Research Infrastructure. The HBP anticipates that the delivery of these products will generate new insights in neuroscience, medicine and computing.