Thirty-six research teams have been awarded $10.8 million in total grants from the National Science Foundation to study the workings of the human brain.
NSF said Monday that each university-led consortium will receive $300,000 over two years under the agency’s Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research program.
“With NSF’s support, we expect these investments to lead to significant steps toward inventive new tools and technologies aimed at catching the brain in action,” said John Wingfield, assistant director for the agency’s biological sciences directorate.
All 36 projects will aim to develop physical systems for real-time brain mapping as well as neural network and optogenetic models.
EAGER brings together specialists in the engineering and scientific fields to advance knowledge of how the human brain functions, according to NSF.
The agency launched the grant program to support President Barack Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative.