Your discussions with Dr. Francis Crick about research on the subject of a computational approach to an understanding of the
higher nervous system were very much appreciated. Dr. Crick and I are grateful for your and Dr. Kinzel's visit to the
Thank you for allowing us to prepare a proposal to the Systems Development Foundation concerning this research, which is enclosed.
Permit me to say a few introductory words. Some ten years ago, The Salk Institute very deliberately set out to emphasize
research work in the neurosciences and to build a broadly based group of senior scientists in the field. When Dr. Crick,
who has been associated with the Institute ever since its inception in 1965, decided to (a) join The Salk Institute permanently
in 1976, and (b) to intensively devote his time to the neurosciences, this greatly enhanced the chances of significant new
findings in the neurosciences field at the Institute.
The possibility of funding the proposed project by the Systems Development Foundation comes at a most opportune time. This
would enable Dr. Crick to have a real impact on the "new" neurosciences. He would lead the theoretical work and have
related experimental work carried out at his suggestion.
We at the Institute will continue to do our utmost to provide the scientific research atmosphere which Dr. Crick needs. The
directors of the experimental laboratories at The Salk Institute assured me that they too will cooperate fully to enable necessary
experiments to be carried out.
I am also pleased to confirm that although most all space at the Institute is now committed to existing programs, we have
made arrangements to assure that the necessary office space is made available to the program and that the laboratories can
accommodate the type of experiments now foreseen.
Financial information with respect to the five-year proposal is summarized in Appendix A and explanatory notes are contained
in Appendix B.
We hope that his proposal meets the criteria set by the Board of the Systems Development Foundation because of the following:
1) It is a novel proposal in an area of research which we believe to be of interest to you
2) With today's government cuts in research funding, the program which is at the edge of current scientific work has little
opportunity to get government funding
Furthermore, on non-governmental side, very few foundations in this country have the ability to appreciate the importance
of this kind of work.
We are deeply appreciative that the Systems Development Foundation has given us this opportunity to submit a proposal.