Programs 

The Dana Foundation and Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives fund and present programs on a range of brain and brain health topics for diverse audiences. For more information on individual programs please follow the links below.

The Foundation’s current area of research emphasis is in neuroscience, which is divided into two programs: David Mahoney Neuroimaging and Clinical Neuroscience Research.

Neuroscience and the Law
The Foundation supports a grant to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to hold seminars for state and federal judges on emerging issues in neuroscience. The seminars are designed to provide judges with a better understanding of the role that advances in neuroscience may play in making legal determinations.

Capitol Hill Briefings
The Foundation supports a grant to AAAS for a series of briefings designed to educate Congressional members and their staffs about topical issues in neuroscience.

Staying Sharp 
The program focuses on understanding how the brain works and maximizing brain function and health. It includes a series of live public forums, booklets available for download in English and Spanish, and a DVD program.  Staying Sharp is presented by the Dana Alliance in collaboration with NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community and with support from MetLife Foundation.

Brain Awareness Week
Coordinated by the Dana Alliance, Brain Awareness Week unites the efforts of universities, hospitals, patient advocacy groups, professional associations, government agencies, service organizations, and K-12 schools around the world in a week-long celebration of the brain.

Brain Bee Competition
Each year, in celebration of Brain Awareness Week, the Dana Alliance organizes the New York City Regional Brain Bee competition, open to all New York City and Westchester County high school students in grades 9-12. The winner of the Bee is eligible to compete in the United States National Brain Bee.

Lending Library
A Dana Alliance collaboration with university neuroscience departments to provide models, posters, and related materials for use in outreach education. A program must be established with schools or other community educational outreach organizations on a continuous basis.

Charles A. Dana Center
The Foundation has supported advances in education throughout its history. Its continuing interest in fostering innovations in K-12 education is maintained solely through grant support for the Charles A. Dana Center for Education Innovation at the University of Texas in Austin.