Kavli Foundation

The Kavli Foundation is continuing its support for the goals of the BRAIN Initiative and for innovative brain research. Consistent with its commitment in 2013, Kavli and its University Partners have commited $100 Million to brain research by forming three new Kavli Institutes in addition to supporting its existing four institutes.

The Kavli Foundation, based in Oxnard, California, is dedicated to the goals of advancing science for the benefit of humanity and promoting increased public understanding and support for scientists and their work.

Dana Foundation

The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs.

The Dana Foundation has a particular interest in neuroethics activities. Dana 's former President, William Safire, is widely credited with giving the word its current meaning in 2002, defining it as "the examination of what is right and wrong, good and bad about the treatment of, perfection of, or unwelcome invasion of and worrisome manipulation of the human brain.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) invested more than $70 million to support the goals of the BRAIN Initiative during the past year, and plans a similar level of commitment in 2015.

HHMI supports the BRAIN Initiative at its Janelia Research Campus and in the laboratories of HHMI Investigators at universities throughout the United States. This investment has been focused on developing new imaging technologies and understanding how information is stored and processed in neural networks.

Simons Foundation & The BRAIN Initiative

The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. We sponsor a range of programs that aim to promote a deeper understanding of our world.

The Life Sciences division launched the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain in Spring 2014. The collaboration supports projects that use new technologies to record the activity of large neural populations at single-cell resolution.

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.

In recognition of the critical role that basic research plays in understanding the brain, the Foundation is committing to a $2 million increase in its annual support for the most promising young scientists nationwide conducting neurobiological research to support the goals of the BRAIN Initiative through its Young Investigator Grants.

Pediatric Brain Foundation

The Pediatric Brain Foundation formerly the Children’s Neurobiological Solutions Foundation is committing to expanding their Pediatric Brain Mapping Project and to developing mechanisms to connect their patients with ongoing or future clinical trials.

The Pediatric Brain Foundation seeks to expedite the search for treatment and cures for children with neurological disorders as well as to provide important information to parents and patients on recent advances in pediatric neurology.

Brain Mapping Foundation

The Brain Mapping Foundation was established in 2004 in order to advance cross pollination of ideas across physical sciences into biological sciences/neuroscience. The organization provides funding to the members of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT). One of the main focus of the foundation is to further establish and fund the National Center for NanoBioElectronics (NCNBE) in order to rapidly integrate nanotechnology, devices, imaging, cellular and stem cell therapy.

The organization has played a key role in BRAIN initiative.

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