The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization committed to advancing brain research and to educating the public in a responsible manner about research’s potential: (1) to develop a better understanding of the brain and its functions; (2) to speed the discovery of treatments for brain disorders; and (3) to combat the stigma of brain disorders through education.


The Foundation, founded in 1950, works to achieve our goals through grants to institutions engaged in innovative neuroscience research and through our public outreach efforts. Our grants fund research in neuroscience in connection to human health and disease.

The public education programs promote dialogue between researchers and lay audiences; provide validated information about the latest advances in the research through our free publications and web sites; engage people worldwide through our Alliances and International Brain Awareness Week; and highlight critical information about the brain through our social media.

At the core of our philosophy is a belief in the importance of scientific inquiry and the engagement of the public in championing brain research.