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.

Partners & The BRAIN Initiative

In addition to the National Institute of Health's 10 Institutes and other programs spearheading the BRAIN Initiative, numerous other Federal agencies, companies, universities, private research centers, and universities are participating.

Over $300 million has been pledged to support the BRAIN Initiative. The five participating federal agencies are NIH, NSF, DARPA, FDA and IARPA. Major non-governmental commitments have come from numerous participants including the original private sector partners - Allen Institute, HHMI, and Kavli Foundation.

BU Neuroscience

Boston University is creating a new Center for Integrated Life Science and Engineering (CILSE) for interdisciplinary research which will bring together outstanding scientists and engineers from across the University to work collaboratively in the areas of neuroscience and biological design.

CILSE will comprise 170,000 square feet. Its core resources will include a shared equipment facility for Cognitive Neuroimaging. Three new research Centers will be launched including the Center for Systems Neuroscience and the Center for Sensory Communication and Neural Technology.

SfN – Society for Neuroscience

The Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system.

This nonprofit organization now has nearly 40,000 members in more than 90 countries and 130 chapters worldwide.

SfN is committed to advancing the understanding of the brain and nervous system by creating venues where great science gets shared, providing professional development for neuroscience professionals, promoting public education and general education in neuroscience research, and informing legislators and other policymakers about new developments.

University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative

The University of Utah Health Sciences has committed $10 million to launch a Neuroscience Initiative that will catalyze interdisciplinary approaches to neuroscience research.

The goal is to deepen the understanding of the function and disorders of the nervous system and to improve patient care through innovation and integration of basic, translational, and clinical research efforts. Initial funds will be used to create a “neuroscience hub,” including space for collaborative research and neuroscience training.

GE Brain Health Initiative

GE has launched a new Brain Health Initiative linking numerous entities within the company such as GE Healthcare, GE Ventures & Healthymagination, and GE’s Global Research Center.

The Initiative will build on and coordinate multiple efforts within the company, including corporate venture capital, open innovation, R&D, and health care lines of business. This includes previously announced efforts at GE, such as the work that the company has done to convene the traumatic brain injury community and support for “Brain Trust” meetings of thought leaders.


Inscopix believes that uncovering causal neural circuit dynamics is the key to truly understanding the brain.

Inscopix recognize that current challenges in studying brain function and dysfunction are handicapped by the inability to monitor large groups of neurons at single-cell resolution. Inscopix understands the need to acquire large-scale neural circuit activity data in naturally behaving subjects. With their flagship miniaturized microscope system, nVista HD, Inscopix is enabling you to gather unprecedented data sets in any brain area in awake behaving subjects, to make breakthrough scientific discoveries.


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.

Allen Institute

Allen Institute's mission is to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Allen has been a major catalyst and facilitator of The BRAIN Initiative.

Launched in 2003 with a seed contribution from founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, the Allen Institute takes on large-scale initiatives designed to push brain research forward, enabling the global scientific community to more efficiently make discoveries that bring real-world utility.

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.

Pacific Northwest NeuroNeighborhood

The Pacifiic Northwest NeuroNeighborhood is dedicated to fostering the development of our emerging Neuro-related cluster in the Northwest.

The Northwest NeuroNeighborhood includes the University of Washington, the Allen Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, and 50 companies based in Oregon and Washington. A pilot BRAIN Initiative ‘regional cluster’ this year will bring together the research, clinical, industry, academic, education, public, and advocacy communities around the BRAIN Initiative themes.

Neurotechnology Architecting Network

The Neurotechnology Architecting Network is committing to mentoring and training innovators who will develop new technologies to meet the goals of the BRAIN Initiative:

The Neurotechnology Architecting Network is an open organization of innovators across many for- and non-profit institutions who are developing tools and technologies to reveal how the brain works. This network will aim to create a distributed “neurotech valley” that will disseminate these tools to further both the basic understanding of the brain, as well as its repair.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The Salk Institute was established in the 1960s by Jonas Salk, M.D., the developer of the polio vaccine.

Today the major areas of study at Salk are: molecular biology and genetics, neurosciences, and plant biology. Salk research provides new understanding and potential new therapies and treatments for a range of diseases—from cancer, AIDS and Alzheimer's disease, to cardiovascular disorders, anomalies of the brain and birth defects.

Mayo Clinic Neuroscience

Mayo Clinic has multiple centers of neuroscience research activity. In Rochester Minnesota, the main organizational center is the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering and in Florida, the Department of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic.

Other Mayo Neuroscience related programs and centers include a PhD program in Neurobiology, an Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Center for Advanced Imaging Research, Migraine Research Program, Parkinson's Disease Research Center, and the Traumatic Brain Injury Program.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a private, not-for-profit research and education institution at the forefront of molecular biology and genetics.

CSHL research generates knowledge that will yield better diagnostics and treatments for cancer, neurological diseases and other major diseases, and that will lead to improved and more diverse food resources and more efficient biofuels. The Watson School of Biological Sciences trains the next generation of scientists through an innovative Ph.D. program and other educational offerings.

Brain Canada and the BRAIN initiative

The 10 NIH Institutes that are part of the NIH BRAIN Initiative announce a new partnership, formalized by a letter of agreement, with the Brain Canada Foundation (Brain Canada) to support the involvement of Canadian researchers in the NIH BRAIN Initiative.

Brain Canada will seek partners and provide grant support for Canadian researchers through the Canada Brain Research Fund that provides a 1:1 match of funds raised from other sources.

Australia and the BRAIN Initiative

The NIH and NHMRC have agreed to cooperate in the BRAIN Initiative involving Australian and U.S. scientists. NIH has now released the Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for BRAIN Initiative: Foundations of Non-Invasive Human Brain Imaging and Neuro-Recording Techniques (R01) and Participation by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

The NIH’s Notice of Intent on August, 7, 2015 can be found on the National Institutes of Health website. More information is expected in September 2015 - watch Research Tracker.

UT System Neuroscience Institute

The U.T. BRAIN initiative funds $20 million in support of a virtual U.T. System Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Research Institute.

The institute’s purpose is to promote trans-disciplinary, multi-institutional research projects focused on neuroscience and neurotechnology challenges that will transform the fields of imaging, neurocomputation, and molecular mapping; the development of neuro-devices; and basic/translational/clinical investigations in intractable neurological diseases.

University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute

The University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute focuses on unlocking the mysteries of normal and abnormal brain function.

The Brain Institute will support the efforts of more than 150 neuroscientists at the university and create seven new Centers, including the NeuroTech Center, which capitalizes on the University’s advances in brain-computer interfaces for paralyzed individuals, and the NeuroDiscovery Center, which will provide unique resources to enable innovative basic science research.

Google and The BRAIN Initiative

Google engineers are building tools and developing infrastructure to analyze petabytescale datasets generated by the BRAIN Initiative.

Google is working closely with the Allen Institute to develop scalable computational solutions to advance scientific understanding of the brain and with Janelia Research and several academic partners. Google is building the software tools and supporting infrastructure needed to analyze the datasets generated by the BRAIN Initiative to better understand the brain’s computational circuitry and the neural basis for human cognition.

GSK Bioelectronics R&D

Our vision for bioelectronic medicines is one of miniature, implantable devices that can be attached to individual peripheral nerves anywhere in the viscera.

Such devices would be able to decipher and modulate neural signalling patterns, bringing about therapeutic effects targeted at single functions of specific organs. GSK operates an exploratory research funding program; we have established a $50 million venture arm dedicated to technology and early bioelectronic treatment manifestations and an innovation challenge focussed on rapidly bringing visceral nerve research platforms to the community.

Photonics Industry Neuroscience Group

Leaders of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, launched its Photonics Industry Neuroscience Group at the White House BRAIN Initiative launch conference.

Members of the NPI industry group are committing to invest upwards of $30 million in existing and future research and development spending over the next three years to advance optics and photonics technology in support of the White House BRAIN Initiative.

UC Berkeley-Zeiss BrainMIC

University of California, Berkeley and Carl Zeiss Microscopy are investing $12 million to create the Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center (BrainMIC).

The BrainMIC will fast-track microscopy development for emerging neurotechnologies and will run an annual course to teach researchers how to use the new technologies. The UC Berkeley Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute is creating a program that will generate innovative devices and analytic tools in engineering, computation, chemistry, and molecular biology to enable transformative brain science from studies of human cognition to neural circuits in model organisms.

Carnegie Mellon ‘BrainHub’

The Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) BrainHub initiative spans across CMU’s colleges and schools, involving nearly 50 faculty and over 150 scientists.

A major facet of this initiative is increasing collaboration among faculty from disciplines such as computer science and engineering with those taking biological and behavioral approaches to neuroscience. Linking brain science to behavior via the application of machine learning, statistics, and computational modeling will be a hallmark of CMU’s efforts, along with commercialization of the new technologies and applications.

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