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The BRAIN Initiative -- short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies

Wednesday, April 3, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bernadette Rensing
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On Tuesday, President Obama and NIH Director Francis Collins announced a new research initiative -- The BRAIN Initiative -- short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. The White House announced that the President's FY 2014 budget will include about $110 million in funding for the project, which includes NIH ($40 million in FY 2014), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ($50 million), and NSF ($20 million). Dr. Collins announced that NIH is establishing a working group to define detailed scientific goals for the NIH’s investment, including timetables, milestones, and cost estimates. The working group is being co-chaired by Dr. Cornelia "Cori" Bargmann (Rockefeller University) and Dr. William Newsome (Stanford University). Federal research agencies will partner with companies, foundations, and private research institutions that are also investing in relevant research. Wednesday's Wall Street Journal reported that a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, "signaled Republicans are unlikely to back new spending to pay for the initiative. 'This is exciting, important research and it would be appropriate for the White House to reprioritize existing research funding into these areas,' he said." (President's remarks) (fact sheet) (infographic) (new NIH web page on the initiative and working group) (WS Journal article)

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