The Dana Foundation provides funding for Brain Awareness Week outreach activities through three grants programs serving different regions of the world. The goal is to help partners worldwide expand their Brain Awareness Week programming and reach broader and more diverse audiences with information about the wonders of the brain and the impact brain science has on our everyday lives.
Information and timelines for the three Foundation-supported grants programs are outlined below.
Dana Foundation’s Brain Awareness Week Outreach Grants Program
In 2020, the Dana Foundation launched a new grants program to support the Brain Awareness Week outreach activities of U.S. and Canadian partners. To be eligible, an institution must qualify as a public charity under U.S. tax laws and be a registered Brain Awareness Week partner. Proposals will undergo a highly competitive selection process by a committee of neuroscientists and other outreach specialists. Grant awardees will be announced in January.
The program has closed for 2021 campaign proposals. It is expected to open again in the fall of 2021 to support Brain Awareness Week 2022 activities. Please visit our webpage for more information.
FENS Brain Awareness Week Grants
Since 2005, the Dana Foundation has given an annual grant to the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) to support the outreach efforts of Brain Awareness Week partners in Europe. Up to 1,000 EUR in funding is available to selected projects. More than thirty projects from 20+ countries receive funding each year.
The FENS program is now accepting proposals for the 2021 campaign. The submission deadline is January 13 at noon CET. Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous and competitive selection process. Awardees are typically announced in January. Visit the FENS website for more information and to apply. Click here to view a detailed report on the winning projects from the 2020 campaign.
IBRO/Dana Foundation Brain Awareness Week Grants
Now in its second year, the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)/Dana Foundation Brain Awareness Week Grants Program aims to educate the public about the wonders of the brain and the benefits of neuroscience research by increasing opportunities for outreach in regions challenged by a lack of resources, support, and/or public understanding about the brain. The funding supports projects organized for Brain Awareness Week in countries outside of Europe, USA, and Canada. Up to 1,250 USD is awarded to each successful proposal.
The IBRO/Dana Foundation program has closed for 2021 campaign proposals. The program is expected to launch again in the summer of 2021 for activities organized in celebration of Brain Awareness Week 2022. Visit the IBRO website for more information.