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Brain Awareness Week

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

This year, 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.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 campaign. The submission deadline is November 6, 2020. Please visit our webpage for more information and to apply.

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 will begin accepting proposals for the 2021 campaign in December. Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous and competitive selection process. Awardees are typically announced in January. Visit the FENS website for more information. Click here to view a detailed report on the winning projects from the 2019 BAW 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 programs organized in celebration of Brain Awareness Week 2022. Visit the IBRO website for more information.

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