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Neuroscience Funding

Directly and through partners, SfN advocates worldwide for bold investment in neuroscience because scientific and medical progress requires a major financial investment from nations worldwide. In fact, the vast majority of neuroscience funding comes from national public budgets.

Governments worldwide recognize the importance of investing in basic and clinical research to advance science, improve health, and promote economic growth. 

SfN’s tools, programs and resources make it easy for members to get involved in advocacy, engage with their national policy leaders, and stay informed on major funding issues.  In periods of both lean and robust budgets, research must be a top government priority and SfN helps the neuroscience community speak loudly and consistently.

Why invest in neuroscience research? Neuroscientists continue to make great progress in unlocking the mysteries of the human brain. This progress is critical to help address more than 1,000 diseases and disorders that cause hardship for nearly a billion families worldwide and many billions of dollars in medical expenses and lost productivity. Neuroscience is also vital to further scientific understanding and strengthen the research-and-innovation engines that power high-tech economies worldwide. Brain research advances are due in large part to public investment in curiosity-driven science and the policymakers and other public officials worldwide who support robust investment in scientific innovation and discovery.

Learn more about U.S. and global science funding.

Recent Articles from

MRI scan

Brain Scans: Technologies That Peer Inside Your Head

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Advances in chemistry, physics, and computer science have revolutionized neuroscience by giving scientists greater access to the living brain.
Population Coding

Population Coding: Mind Reading and More!

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Is it possible to read minds using science? Discover how scientists use a process called population coding to “read” minds - and move bionic limbs! 

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Graph of NIH funding history adjusted for Biomedical Research and Development Price Index (BRDPI) as determined by NIH Office of Budget.