The NHMRC – NIH BRAIN scheme provides a contribution to Australian institutions and researchers who are participating in leading international collaborative research that has been selected for funding through the NIH BRAIN Initiative. 

The BRAIN Initiative is a US Presidential initiative to revolutionise understanding of the human brain. The aim of the initiative is to accelerate the development and application of innovative technologies to assist researchers to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, will show how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. The BRAIN initiative is intended to enable researchers to discover new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders.

Further information on the BRAIN Initiative is available from the NIH website.

To be eligible for NHMRC – NIH BRAIN scheme funding, Australian researchers must apply to the NIH BRAIN Initiative as part of a collaborative Australia-US application.


The specific NIH BRAIN Initiative topics that NHMRC intends to support through the 2016 NHMRC – NIH BRAIN scheme for funding in 2017 are:

Outcomes of funding rounds