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Our Work

As of 2022, Neuroscience & Society became our dedicated focus. It embodies our spirit of open inquiry, collaborative research, and multidisciplinary thinking in service of the well-being of all people.
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The Dana Foundation advances neuroscience that benefits society and reflects the aspirations of all people.

The Dana Foundation is a nonprofit, grantmaking institution that works to maximize the potential of the neuroscience field to do good. We’re ambitious in our goals and steadfast in advancing our vision: to use brain science to build a better future. Through our work, we strive to foster collaboration between students, Neuroscience & Society scholars, funders, policymakers, professionals, and communities in pursuit of advancing knowledge and co-creating neuroscience-informed solutions to complex societal problems.

Our Programs

To ensure a positive future, we must better connect neuroscience to the needs of society. We must strive to make the field more inclusive and collaborative. By opening the field up to diverse perspectives, working in closer partnership with other disciplines, and deepening our engagement with the general public, neuroscience can contribute to the flourishing of everyone.

Dana Frontiers
To increase engagement with diverse publics to deepen trust and inform policy.
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Dana NextGen
To develop a new generation of interdisciplinary experts who shepherd neuroscience uses for a better world.
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Dana Education
To spark interest and support education around neuroscience and the many ways it interfaces with our everyday lives.
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Our Grants

We advance neuroscience that inspires transformational ideas where the field intersects with education, law, policy, and public engagement, among others. With grants that support interdisciplinary, collaborative work, we foster experimentation, investigation, and fresh thinking to open up pathways toward a better future.

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Brain Awareness Week

The global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science. Every March, participants host imaginative activities in their communities that share the wonders of the brain, and the impact brain science has on our everyday lives.

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