NIH Institutes and BRAIN Initiative

National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute on Aging
National Eye Institute

OSTP and The BRAIN Initiative

The US Congress established the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in 1976 with a broad mandate to advise the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs.

OSTP with NIH is leading interagency efforts to develop and implement the BRAIN Initiative policies and budgets, and is working with the private sector, state and local governments, the science and higher education communities, and other nations toward this end.

DARPA and the BRAIN Initiative

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) mission is to create breakthrough technologies for US national security and to protect the health of U.S. service members and veterans.

To better address the health needs of service members and veterans, DARPA has launched four programs that support the goals of the BRAIN Initiative: RAM (Restoring Active Memory), RAM Replay, HAPTIX (Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces), and SUBNETS (Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies).

IARPA & the BRAIN Initiative

The acronyms for the four BRAIN Initiative related IARPA programs are ICArUS. MICrONS, KRNS, and SHARP.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs to tackle some of the most difficult challenges of the agencies and disciplines in the Intelligence Community (IC). IARPA does not have an operational mission and does not deploy technologies directly to the field. Instead, IARPA facilitates the transition of research results to our IC customers for operational application.

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