The NIH BRAIN Initiative supports innovators working to bridge the gap between their labs or companies and the broader neuroscience community. By providing targeted funding opportunities and commercialization training, the NIH BRAIN Initiative specifically supports projects that focus on the dissemination of validated tools and resources for basic, translational, or clinical research in BRAIN Initiative-relevant areas.  

Technologies range from those applied to human and non-human neurophysiology, connectomics, behavioral neuroscience, neuroinformatics, human neuroimaging, and neural histology.  

The NIH BRAIN Initiative also supports relevant small business research programs.

Funding Opportunities

The following funding opportunities support efforts to disseminate resources and to integrate them into neuroscience research practice.

Dissemination Training and Education Opportunities

Besides funding opportunities, the NIH BRAIN Initiative provides commercialization training to BRAIN Initiative investigators through programs such as the Concept to Clinic Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Program. C3i is designed to providemedical device innovatorswith thespecializedbusiness frameworksand essential tools forsuccessful translationof biomedical technologies from thelab (concept) to the market (clinic). BRAIN Initiative investigators may be eligible for two C3i programs:

  • eC3i Program: Education
    • Aimed atteaching academic innovators methods to assess thecommercial value of their biomedical technologies.​
  • C3i Program: Validation/Execution
    • Aimed at investigators and early-stage small businesses looking to establish the commercial viability of their innovations, often following participation in eC3i

The following links provide information on additional dissemination training and education resources for innovators:

Related Information

NIH BRAIN Resources
The NIH BRAIN Initiative tools and resources.

NIH Blueprint Resources & Tools Library
Tools and resources related to the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.


For questions related to funding opportunities or program areas, please find contact information below. For public inquiries, please use our Contact Us form.

Kari Ashmont, Ph.D.
National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)


Margaret Grabb, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

BRAIN Initiative Dissemination Program