Human Neuroscience

The NIH BRAIN Initiative is a collaborative research effort that seeks to accelerate our understanding of the human brain and revolutionize our ability to understand, treat, and prevent brain disorders. One of the key aspects of this Initiative is to support human research studies that use advanced technologies to investigate the structure, function, and connectivity of the human brain. These studies range from developing new tools and methods for imaging and mapping brain activity, to investigating the neural basis of behavior and cognition, to developing innovative treatments for brain disorders such as epilepsy and Parkinson's disease. By bringing together experts from a wide range of scientific fields, the NIH BRAIN Initiative offers a unique opportunity to address some of the most pressing questions in neuroscience and to pave the way for new discoveries and treatments in the years to come.

Related Information

For more information on support for human brain imaging technology development, visit the Neuroimaging Technologies Across Scales page.

For more information about clinical research studies to investigate brain functions, such as sensory perception, motor control, memory, and cognition, visit the Investigative Human Neuroscience page.

For more information on support for clinical trials of invasive devices to treat brain disorders, visit the Therapeutic Human Neuroscience page.


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

Investigative Human Neuroscience

Hermon R. Gebrehiwet, Dr.P.H., CCRP
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Mauricio Rangel-Gomez, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Merav Sabri, Ph.D.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD 


Therapeutic Human Neuroscience 

Theresa Cruz, Ph.D.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Nick Langhals, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)