The Dana Foundation funds and coordinates 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 grant emphasis is in neuroscience, funding both research and public outreach in that area.
Brain Awareness Week
Coordinated by the Dana Foundation, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science. Every March, partners host imaginative activities in their communities that share the wonders of the brain and the impact brain science has on our everyday lives.
New York Regional Brain Bee Competition
Each year, in celebration of Brain Awareness Week, the Dana Foundation 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.
Successful Aging & Your Brain
This program focuses on understanding how the brain works and maximizing brain function and health. It includes a series of live public forums, a booklets available for download, and a YouTube video.
Scouts Healthy Brain Initiative
The Healthy Brain Initiative is a free online resource on the brain and brain health to help Scout Leaders create programs for their scouts. We offer a leader’s guide with instructions on content for the program, ideas, how-to tips and supply lists for activities/experiments and downloadable materials to distribute. The program hopes to encourage brain healthy lifestyles as well as encourage the development of future neuroscientists.
Secret Science Club: Dana Foundation Named Lecture
The Dana Foundation is collaborating with the Secret Science Club to bring two neuroscientist talks to their regularly scheduled, monthly science programs at the pub and event space, The Bell House, in Gowanus, Brooklyn. These free, public lectures will be held on November 12, 2019 and March 2020 (during Brain Awareness Week). Stay tuned for event details.