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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.

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

  • Susan Pateracki

    It is critical to do this. With this study it is promising in finding the key for so many Neurological Medical Conditions. I fought for 15 years to get Stem Cell Research going(Biomedical). I made a Vow and was destined to take on this fight for so long.

    I contacted President Obama in 2009 to plea for this critical research to find the cures for so many debilitating medical conditions.

    President Obama stood up for children and adults. He acted right away. Congress needs to understand what this research will do and that it will help their own families. He is a big Supporter of the research and finding cures. He is also very responsive.

    As you know, we had to wait until 2011 for the Supreme Court to approve the funding and research, knowing that there is so much promise to finally help children and adults.

    We need this and we need to keep going forward. The hope that people have for finding a cure drives us forward. A cure for so many debilitating medical conditions is something that we can not let slide.

    Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Illness, and so many more.

    The time is now to find cures. I keep following up with the White House throughout the year to make sure none of President Obama’s budget is cut by Congress, like it was in 2013 with the Republican Sequester.

    It is quality of life versus suffering I always look for President Obama’s budget every year so I know what we have to fight for. We can’t stop. It is time to give people hope and cures.

  • Michael Thomas

    This announcement from Mr Obama was a very welcome surprise. I agree with the comment above that it is vital that medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and more must have more work put into it to find a suitable cure.

  • Car Service

    Fantastic work by Obama, it is about time that the Brain initiative got a fund raise.

  • Ayaz Ahmed Khoso

    I respect and love the project of president of the USA
    and I hope we will make difference on this beautiful earth and no more anyone will suffer from war, poverty, hunger and fatal disorders.

    I am also working on this project on my self interest but unfortunately I am lacking of those facilities through which I can run and develop my project.

    God save this beautiful earth from the evils…

  • Ethan Otto

    200 million? that is a fair amount, though it makes you wonder what the project would accomplish with 1% the US military budget.

  • marie

    Excited about this research as I have ms.

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