The most competitive funding applications bridge between these categories, addressing both basic and translational elements of their intervention as well as evaluating its efficacy. While Branch Out values basic research, applications that clearly distinguish its translatable applications will be more competitive (even if those applications are not being directly explored). Simply saying it is exploring an aspect of the nervous system is NOT sufficient enough to be considered neuroCAM. Clinical trial research is important, but the most competitive applications within this type will explore mechanisms, diagnostic and treatment issues surrounding a proposed intervention. Branch Out seeks to fund the highest caliber research projects, and we believe that basic and translational research must work synergistically for practical innovation.