NIH Awards $46 Million as Part of the BRAIN Initiative

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, launched by President Obama last year, is a large scale effort to advance our understanding of the brain and develop the technologies necessary to do so. The Initiative is a partnership of the NIH, the FDA, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who have jointly committed $110 million in funding for the 2014 fiscal year. The NIH has just announced its initial round of investments amounting to $46 million distributed over 58 grants. The funded projects are targeted at developing novel tools for large-scale recording and imaging of brain activity, for analyzing brain cells and circuitry, and for classifying neuronal diversity in the brain. While the support is primarily directed toward basic research, the tools developed through this initiative are expected to substantially accelerate development of novel therapeutics.

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, launched by President Obama last year, is a large scale effort to advance our understanding of the brain and develop the technologies necessary to do so. The Initiative is a partnership of the NIH, the FDA, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who have jointly committed $110 million in funding for the 2014 fiscal year. The NIH has just announced its initial round of investments amounting to $46 million distributed over 58 grants. The funded projects are targeted at developing novel tools for large-scale recording and imaging of brain activity, for analyzing brain cells and circuitry, and for classifying neuronal diversity in the brain. While the support is primarily directed toward basic research, the tools developed through this initiative are expected to substantially accelerate development of novel therapeutics.

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