OVERVIEW: BRAINnet is all about expanding the base of scientific knowledge to build a better understanding of the human brain. A huge focus of grantmaking here is to contribute toward the prevention of brain-related disorders.
IP TAKE: The foundation seeks to foster and enrich an international community of brain researchers by providing access to data and standardized assessment techniques. BRAINnet is a good funding source for researchers and scientists who are willing to share their work and findings with the medical and scientific community at large.
PROFILE: In order to understand the BRAINnet Foundation, you have to understand BRAINnet—the Brain Research and Integrative Neuroscience Network. It's a global consortium of scientists focused on producing papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The BRAINnet Foundation is an outgrowth of this interest.
As an extension of BRAINnet, the San Francisco-based foundation links researchers, scientists and medical professionals around the world through its Brain Resource International Database. Grantseekers looking for a BRAINnet grant must be conducting research based on one or more of the foundation’s “standardized assessments.” These assessments include the following:
- Computerized screening questionnaires. Demographics, medical history and psychological measures.
- General and Emotional Cognition. Neurological functions and emotional cognition.
- Hardware and software data collection. Data collected from EEG, ERP and Autonomics.
- Software acquisition. Data collection via MRI, fMRI and DTI.
- Genomics. Genotyping information gathered via saliva or blood.
The overall goal of the foundation is the unification or coordination of brain scientists working all over the world, who, through their membership in BRAINnet, contribute data and insight to BRAINnet's databases. The BRAINnet Foundation offers grants to researchers working within its wide variety of neurological research areas, including, but not limited to: brain modeling, imaging, development, genome mapping and the effects of aging on the brain.
BRAINnet does not cap its grant award amounts, nor does it limit project time frames. That being said, the foundation naturally wants to see a grant applicant’s progressive goals and project timelines. On a side note, BRAINnet expects all grantees to publish their work in primary medical journals upon completion of their projects.