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On the first anniversary of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative announcement, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched a new portal at NSF.gov/brain dedicated to the agency's brain research-related funding opportunities and news.
"NSF-supported researchers explore the brain from all angles--from atoms to thoughts and behavior--resulting in some of the greatest neuroscience breakthroughs in our lifetime," said NSF Deputy Director Cora Marrett. "While NSF is committed to supporting brain research across disciplines and scales, we are equally committed to effective communication of these efforts and opportunities."
NSF funds potentially transformative, fundamental brain research across all areas of science and engineering. The Understanding the Brain portal allows visitors to find NSF brain-related information in one place.
The website also includes NSF's specific thematic research areas for the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, the latest funding and event announcements and a list of core programs that support neuroscience research, as well as public-facing articles and videos about new findings.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2014, its budget is $7.2 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.