The Obama administration’s proposed 2017 budget aims to increase the BRAIN Initiative’s funding level from 2016’s $300M level by 50% for 2017. Along with this planned rise in federal funding, the Administration is putting out a call for wide private and public engagement at many levels to support the success of the BRAIN Initiative, including many that UWIN and the CSNE are behind:

  • Basic and translational research and shared research facilities at universities and private research institutes.
  • University-wide research initiatives to support seed grants promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and investment in young scientists.
  • Regional “clusters” to create public-private partnerships and to connect scientists’ work and accomplishments with stakeholders in your community.
  • Efforts by patient-advocacy organizations to accelerate the development of diagnostics, treatments, and cures.
  • Information technology infrastructure that improves researchers’ abilities to store, share, visualize, and analyze the huge volumes of data generated in the course of neuroscience research.
  • Education and training programs to prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to examine brain function, and to enable individuals and institutions to rapidly disseminate research tools and techniques developed through the BRAIN Initiative.
  • K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning initiatives to increase awareness and understanding of neuroscience and neurotechnology, and the importance of STEM learning in treating, preventing, and curing neurological disease.
  • Initiatives to accelerate economic growth, job creation, and innovation in neurotechnologies, such as diagnostics, therapeutics, medical devices, and brain-inspired computing.
  • Incentive prizes.

The full article and more information can be found at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/03/20/new-investments-help-unlock-mysteries-brain