A: The International Brain Initiative is a partnership among large-scale neuroscience initiatives and related stakeholder organizations and funders to facilitate and support greater coordination among brain research efforts globally. We do this by fostering collaboration among national and regional neuroscience research initiatives, which are creating unique opportunities to answer questions that have evaded neuroscientists for decades and shift the culture and sociology of neuroscience.
Q: What isn’t the IBI?
A: The IBI is not a mechanism for funding or a mega-research project. Instead, we aim to create resources for the global neuroscience community.
Q: What added value does the IBI provide to the scientific community?
A: The IBI is dedicated to connecting and coordinating among large-scale brain initiatives to amplify the impact of these individual research efforts globally. Greater collaboration and coordination will also allows them to tackle common challenges and create community resources together.
Q: How is the IBI supported?
A: The IBI is supported through in-kind, voluntary contributions from our partnering brain initiatives, philanthropic foundations, and other international neuroscience organizations.
Q: What type of organization is the IBI?
A: We are a coordinating body of like-minded individuals that aims to produce resources for the global neuroscience community. Through the IBI Working Groups, scientists generate project ideas to amplify and augment the outputs of national and regional brain initiatives and the IBI brings together the stakeholders and funders needed to realize them.
Q: Does the IBI provide funding to scientists for research projects?
A: No. We are not a funding body for scientific research projects.
Q: What can I do to stay informed about the IBI?
A: To stay informed about IBI news and events, please subscribe to our newsletter. If you would like to contribute to the IBI or have ideas to share, please fill out our contact form.
Q: Can other countries join the IBI?
A: Yes, the IBI is committed to having a truly global reach. If your country or region supports a large-scale neuroscience initiative, or you would like to otherwise inform the IBI about research initiatives in your country, please contact us.
Q: How is the IBI different from INCF, IBRO, or other “international” or “global” neuroscience organizations?
A: The core of the IBI is large-scale, nationally and regionally sponsored brain projects, however, we closely collaborate with international organizations that are addressing major issues in neuroscience. In doing so, we aim to impact scientists beyond the brain projects themselves.
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