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NIH Announces First Wave of Funding for BRAIN Initiative Research

Initial $46 million in grants lay the groundwork for visualizing the brain in action

Science Update

Calling it "the beginning of an ambitious journey", the National Institutes of Health announced its first wave of grants in support of the BRAIN Initiative. This initial round of awards totals $46 million to support the goal of developing deeper understanding of the brain that will ultimately catalyze new treatments and cures for devastating brain disorders and diseases. READ MORE

NIMH director Thomas Insel, M.D., discussed the promise of brain science over the next decade at a NIH press conference announcing the launch of 58 projects under the BRAIN Initiative, September 30, 2014.

NIH director Francis Collins, M.D., discusses some of the 58 projects funded in the first wave of grants awarded by the NIH under the BRAIN Initiative. He spoke at a press conference announcing the awards, September 30, 2014.

On September 30, 2014, the White House announced new investments in the Obama Administration’s BRAIN initiative – a bold, new initiative focused on revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain.

NIH director Francis Collins, M.D., noted that slightly less than 10 percent of the applications were ultimately funded in the first wave of grants awarded by the NIH under the BRAIN Initiative. He spoke at a press conference announcing the awards, September 30, 2014.

NIMH director Thomas Insel, M.D., explained that NIH succeeded in recruiting researchers from outside neuroscience in the first wave of grants awarded by the NIH under the BRAIN Initiative. He spoke at a press conference announcing the awards, September 30, 2014.

Rockefeller University neuroscientist Cori Bargmann, Ph.D., discussed the promise of the BRAIN Initiative at a press conference announcing the first wave of awards, September 30, 2014.