The Global Inventory of Brain Projects, a searchable, interactive database of research projects funded by the world’s brain initiatives, is now available at https://ibi.dimensions.ai/. The Inventory was created by the International Brain Initiative (IBI) to systematically catalog the research activities of the national and regional brain projects.
We are currently conducting a soft launch of the Inventory. The initial version consists of a funding analyzer that brings together grant data and resulting publications from the E.U. Human Brain Project, the U.S. BRAIN Initiative (National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health only), and the Japan Brain/MINDS project. Through the online platform, anyone can explore the data and filter for projects by country, funder, primary investigator, research organization, research category, and more.
The long-term vision of the IBI's Inventory Working Group is to create a platform that integrates a broad range of data from large-scale brain research projects globally, including funded projects, funding opportunities, and resources, such as protocols and experimental data sets. A comprehensive Inventory would help scientists and research funders understand the global brain research landscape, identify needs and opportunities, and discover new tools and collaborators.
In the meantime, we are inviting users to test the funding analyzer and provide feedback on it. The IBI’s Inventory Working Group will also evaluate its usage and value, and provide recommendations on how it can be enhanced to serve the international neuroscience community.
The funding analyzer was provided by Dimensions, a linked research knowledge system from Digital Science, with guidance from the IBI’s Inventory Working Group. Dimensions uses research categories to classify the data, which provides a powerful way for users to find and access relevant results quickly.
The Inventory will be expanded as new information becomes available, including data from other brain projects.