What is the BRAIN Initiative?

The NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is part of a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain.

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Posted on May 14, 2014

President’s Bioethics Commission Issues Report Related to BRAIN INITIATIVE

On May 14, the Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues issued its first set of recommendations in response to President Obama’s charge to “identify proactively a set of core ethical standards – both to guide neuroscience research and to address some of the ethical dilemmas that may be raised by the application of neuroscience research findings.”  The specific topic of the report is the integration of ethics into neuroscience research across the life of a research endeavor. Read the press release or report for more information.

Posted on March 11, 2014

President Obama’s Proposal to Double Federal Funding for the BRAIN Initiative

Last week, President Obama announced his budget proposal to double the Federal investment in the BRAIN Initiative from about $100 million in Fy 2014 to approximately $200 million in FY 2015. Read the fact sheet to learn more about the proposed investments at various agencies to support groundbreaking research and meet the audacious goals of this initiative.

Posted on February 25, 2014

BRAIN Initiative: All Hands on Deck!

The White House is seeking to further advance the goals of the President’s BRAIN Initiative by mobilizing organizations around the country. Through a Call to Action released on February 24, the White House has asked to hear from companies, health systems, patient advocacy organizations, philanthropists, etc. about the unique activities and capabilities underway that could be leveraged to catalyze new breakthroughs in our understanding of the brain.

Later this year, the White House will hold an event to feature the role of these organizations in achieving the President’s bold vision.  Have ideas? Send to brain@ostp.gov by May 1, 2014.

Posted on February 5, 2014

POTUS Bioethics Commission Requesting Public Comments on Neuroscience Research

When the President launched the BRAIN Initiative in April 2013, he charged his Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues with exploring the ethical, legal, and societal implications raised by both this research initiative and other recent advances in neuroscience to ensure that this research progresses responsibly. The Commission is currently encouraging the public to weigh in on these topics and individuals interested in submitting comments should refer to the announcement recently posted in the Federal Register.

 

Posted on January 27, 2014

Good News for NIH and the BRAIN Initiative!

On January 15, 2014, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-73.).  In this bill, Congress signaled its strong support for the BRAIN Initiative by appropriating funds for NIH Institutes and Centers to begin its implementation in fiscal year 2014. Language also indicates the importance of investing in basic research to advance fundamental knowledge by stating that  “This work may take decades before it results in cures or treatments, but it holds promise to unlock the secrets behind diseases such as Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.”

Posted on January 6, 2014

Prospective Applicants to NIH RFAs under the BRAIN Initiative: Informational Conference Calls

NIH will hold several informational conference calls for prospective applicants to the recently released funding opportunities under the BRAIN Initiative.  For specifics, visit http://www.nih.gov/science/brain/funding.htm#faq.

 

Posted on December 17, 2013

NIH announces first funding opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative!

Link to BRAIN Funding OpportunitiesToday, NIH is excited to release six new funding opportunities in support of the BRAIN Initiative. These announcements were developed in response to one or more of the high priority research areas  identified by the ACD BRAIN Working Group. Collectively, these opportunities focus on advancing our technological capabilities for understanding how circuits of interacting neurons function to create behavior, with the ultimate goal of improving our scientific foundation for the diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.

These initial investments will total $40 million in Fiscal Year 2014.  Two announcements focus on developing methods for classifying and accessing the diverse cells and circuits of the brain; three of the announcements focus on developing and optimizing technologies for recording and modulating collections of cells that function together as a circuit; and the final announcement supports the formation of interdisciplinary teams of scientists to develop the next generation of non-invasive imaging technologies for human research.

Read the news release: NIH announces six funding opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative in fiscal 2014, December 17, 2013
Read more about each specific announcement.

Posted on September 16, 2013

NIH ACD BRAIN Working Group FY14 High Priority Research Areas

Check out the findings of the ACD working group on the NIH BRAIN Initiative identifying high priority research areas that should be considered for BRAIN Initiative NIH funding in Fiscal Year 14.

 

Posted on September 9, 2013

ACD Meeting to Consider BRAIN Working Group Interim Report

The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) is holding a public teleconference on September 16, 2013 (3:00-5:00 EDT) to discuss the interim report of the BRAIN working group. This report identifies high priority research areas that should be considered for BRAIN Initiative funding in Fiscal Year 14.  The full agenda for this meeting and the related links will be posted to the ACD site when available (http://acd.od.nih.gov/).  Teleconference information is as follows:

Dial-in: 800-779-1423

Pass Code: ACD

 

Posted on July 1, 2013

ABC to Host BRAIN Initiative Webinar for Patient Advocates

The American Brain Coalition is hosting a webinar to engage the patient advocacy community on July 22 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EDT). For more information, check out their site at http://www.americanbraincoalition.org/