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BRAIN Initiative: All Hands on Deck!

  • Neuroscience News

POTUS Bioethics Commission Requesting Public Comments on Neuroscience Research

When the President launched the BRAIN Initiative in April 2013, he charged his Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues with exploring the ethical, legal, and societal implications raised by both this research initiative and other recent advances in neuroscience to ensure that this research progresses responsibly.

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Good News for NIH and the BRAIN Initiative!

On January 15, 2014, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-73.).  In this bill, Congress signaled its strong support for the BRAIN Initiative by appropriating funds for NIH Institutes and Centers to begin its implementation in fiscal year 2014. Language also indicates the importance of investing in basic research to advance fundamental knowledge by stating that  “This work may take decades before it results in cures or treatments, but it holds promise to unlock the secrets behind diseases such as Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.”

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Prospective Applicants to NIH RFAs under the BRAIN Initiative: Informational Conference Calls

NIH will hold several informational conference calls for prospective applicants to the recently released funding opportunities under the BRAIN Initiative.  For specifics, visit

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NIH announces first funding opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative!

Today, NIH is excited to release six new funding opportunities in support of the BRAIN Initiative. These announcements were developed in response to one or more of the high priority research areas  identified by the ACD BRAIN Working Group.

  • Neuroscience Grants and Funding

NIH ACD BRAIN Working Group FY14 High Priority Research Areas

Check out the findings of the ACD working group on the NIH BRAIN Initiative identifying high priority research areas that should be considered for BRAIN Initiative NIH funding in Fiscal Year 14.

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ACD Meeting to Consider BRAIN Working Group Interim Report

The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) is holding a public teleconference on September 16, 2013 (3:00-5:00 EDT) to discuss the interim report of the BRAIN working group. This report identifies high priority research areas that should be considered for BRAIN Initiative funding in Fiscal Year 14.  The full agenda for this meeting and the related links will be posted to the ACD site when available (  Teleconference information is as follows:

Dial-in: 800-779-1423
Pass Code: ACD

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ABC to Host BRAIN Initiative Webinar for Patient Advocates

The American Brain Coalition is hosting a webinar to engage the patient advocacy community on July 22 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EDT). For more information, check out their site at

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New Article on NIH BRAIN Initiative

Check out new article on NIH BRAIN Initiative by Tom Insel, Story Landis, and Francis Collins.

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Welcome to!

Welcome to the launch of! Here you’ll hear from me and the co-chairs of my Advisory Committee’s Working Group on the bold new BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. This Initiative, launched by President Obama on April 2, focuses on accelerating the development and application of innovative new technologies to enable scientists to create a dynamic picture of brain function.

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