BRAIN Initiative

The White House's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is a research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

NIH BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group Neuroethics Division

NIH has established a neuroethics division of the BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group (MCWG). In broad terms, the workgroup will recommend overall approaches for how research programs like the NIH BRAIN Initiative might handle issues and problems involving ethics. The group is charged with: 

  • Recommend overall approaches for how the BRAIN Initiative should handle issues and problems involving ethics.
  • Inform the MCWG and NIH on research questions important for BRAIN that could be answered through focused Funding Opportunity Announcements.
  • Consider proposed funding areas for BRAIN projects for questions of ethical risk.
  • Examine selected projects or applications for ethical concerns and, when appropriate, provide an ethics consultation.
  • Draft relevant guidance documents to address critical ethical issues associated with BRAIN research.

BRAIN Initiative

White House Blog: BRAIN Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind

White House Fact Sheet: BRAIN Initiative

White House Infographic: BRAIN Initiative

DARPA Press Release on White House BRAIN Initiative

NIH: Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative

NSF Participates in White House BRAIN Initiative

Related Information:

DARPA Defense Science Office: Neuroscience

NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research

NSF Dear Colleague Letter - Accelerating Integrative Research in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (AIR-NCS)

NSTC Committee on Science Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience charter (PDF)

National Alzheimer's Project Act

OSTP 21st Century Grand Challenges

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

President's Executive Order - Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families

Private Sector Partners

Allen Institute for Brain ScienceBRAIN Initiative Builds on Work of the Allen Institute for Brain Science

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Kavli FoundationThe BRAIN Initiative

Salk Institute for Biological StudiesNews Release on BRAIN Initiative