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The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropy with principal interests in brain science, immunology, and arts education. Charles A. Dana, a New York State legislator, industrialist and philanthropist, was president of the Dana Foundation from 1950 to 1966 and actively shaped its programs and principles until his death in 1975.
Dana Foundation has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

Sharing Knowledge serves as a gateway to brain information you can rely on. Visit the BrainWeb section to find general information about the brain and current brain research, as well as links to validated sites related to more than 25 brain disorders. Brainy Kids Online offers children, teens, parents and teachers links to games, labs, excellent education resources and lesson plans. Brain Resources for Seniors provides older adults and their caretakers with links to sites related to brain health, education and general information. Our Arts Education pages support the training of in-school arts specialists.
Dana also sponsors many public events, including lectures and forums featuring experts on timely topics in science, the arts and in education. Many of the events are available as podcasts, along with interviews, radio programs and other media resources.
Dana Press
Dana Press publishes books on health and popular science for the general reader and comments on recent books and news on its blog. It also publishes Cerebrum, an online journal of opinion with articles and book reviews exploring the impact of brain research on daily life and society. Other publications, distributed free, are for general readers, BrainWork, a bi-monthly newsletter, three periodicals reprinting news articles about the brain, immunology, and arts education, and several special publications for students and educators in those fields, as well as the Dana Foundation annual report and other materials from the foundation and the Dana Alliance.
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) is a nonprofit organization of 260 eminent neuroscientists, including ten Nobel laureates. The Dana Alliance is committed to advancing public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research and to disseminating information on the brain in an understandable and accessible fashion.

As part of its public outreach efforts, DABI organizes and coordinates the international Brain Awareness Week campaign, which it created in 1996 to increase public understanding of the brain and brain research; presents the award-winning Gray Matters radio series on Public Radio International; partners with organizations on a cognitive fitness initiative that includes “Staying Sharp,” a series of public forums and educational materials for older Americans with NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community, and “Cognitive Fitness at Work” with The Conference Board; organizes public lectures; and produces and distributes booklets about brain research in non-technical language.
The European Alliance for the Brain
The European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) is a nonprofit organization of more than 185 eminent brain scientists, including five Nobel laureates from 27 countries. Launched in 1997, and modeled on the U.S.-based Dana Alliance, EDAB is committed to enhancing the public’s understanding of brain research. EDAB presents outreach programs similar to those in the U.S. In 2005, EDAB’s Web site,, was launched in five languages. EDAB has offices at the Dana Centre in London, UK; and in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Provides information to journalists
The Foundation provides reliable information and resources -- as well as access to experts -- to journalists, science writers and producers. In News Releases, you will find the latest announcements and stories about the work of scientists in the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, as well as information on other Dana Foundation and Dana Press events and programs. The Neuroscience Resource Service provides background and referrals to top experts in the field.  If you are seeking assistance with story ideas, looking for a brain expert, or need information about a specific brain-related topic, please contact

Through these channels, you can get information on anything you've ever wanted to know about the brain, including: addiction, Alzheimer's disease, child development, the genetics of diseases, the latest in imaging techniques, questions in neuroethics, spinal cord injury, stroke and more.
Sponsoring Events
Dana sponsors many public events, including lectures and forums featuring experts on timely topics in neuroscience, the arts and in education. Many of the events are available as podcasts, along with interviews, radio shows and other media resources. Dana is the creator of Brain Awareness Week, an international collaboration to increase public understanding of the brain and awareness of the importance of brain research; and Staying Sharp, cosponsored by DABI and NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community, a series of public of forums and educational booklets for older Americans on maintaining brain health throughout the later stages of life
Dana also sponsors forums and workshops for working scientists and others to share information across disciplines, and for artists to share their successes in teaching in the schools. We fund programs for science teachers to help them integrate more and current brain science into their teaching.

Reporting News

Keep up-to-date on breakthroughs in brain science and immunology via Dana’s special reports, publications and the Dana Press blog.
Special reports
In addition to reporting on breaking news in neuroscience and immunology, Dana also publishes the annual Progress Report on Brain Research and Advances in Brain Research.

BrainWork: The Neuroscience Newsletter, offers original reporting on the field and comes out every two months. Three other publications offer the best content from other sources: Brain in the News, released monthly, and Immunology in the News and Arts Education in the News, released every two months. The online journal, Cerebrum, offers thought-provoking ideas and book reviews from the world’s leading scientists and scholars. For the lay reader, the Dana Alliance produces Brain Connections: Your Source Guide to Information on Brain Diseases and Disorders. Other booklets, Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research, and It’s Mindboggling! are available in five languages.  

Dana Press blog
Here we make note of recent reporting and commentary, events and information that crosses the editors’ desks at the Dana Press.

Supporting Scientists

The Dana Foundation’s science and health grants support brain research in neuroscience and immunology and their interrelationship in human health and disease.
Grant sections include: brain and immuno-imagingclinical neuroscience researchhuman immunology and neuroimmunology. There are guidelines for application for each branch of research.
The foundation sponsors workshops and forums for working scientists, as well as offering funding for selected young researchers to continue their education or to attend seminars and workshops elsewhere.
The Foundation’s science education grants support collaborations with other organizations to enhance and augment the neuroscience curricula currently being taught in K-12 schools. Programs include dissemination of current, credible information on the brain, teachers’ guides, workshops for classroom implementation, and talks by neuroscientists.

Supporting Arts Education

The Foundation's current interest in arts education is focused primarily on professional development that fosters improved teaching of the performing arts in public schools. Our arts education outreach includes offering free publications (including the latest news in arts education), books and articles related to the field, organizing conferences, and providing access to resources in arts learning on this Web site.
Projects seeking funding should emphasize innovative training curricula for artists and in-school arts specialists and must meet one of two regional limits: They must originate in New York City, Washington, DC, or Los Angeles, and their surrounding areas within a 50 mile radius or they must cover a rural area of the United States. Other guidelines are included in the application.

Grant Guidelines

(Revised September 2006)
The Dana Foundation, established in 1950 by the industrialist, philanthropist, and legislator Charles A. Dana, is a private philanthropic foundation with principal interests in science, health, and education. The Foundation’s current areas of research emphasis are in neuroscience, immunology, and the effects of arts training on cognitive skills. Selected proposals have the potential to improve human health or functioning. Grants also support improvement in K-12 education, particularly in training professional artists to teach in the public schools. Specific grantmaking programs in these areas are the basis for decisions on grant applications. No applications are considered apart from these grant programs.
The Foundation:
  1. Supports programs in science, health, and education through specifically defined objectives in each field.
  2. Requires grantee institutions, in many cases, to share the cost of a project or raise matching funds.
  3. Makes no grants directly to individuals.
  4. Does not support annual operating costs of organizations, deficit reduction, capital campaigns, or individual sabbaticals.
  5. Does not schedule meetings with applicants, other than by specific invitation initiated by the Foundation. 
Science and Health Grants
Through competitive applications, Dana supports research in neuroscience, immunology, and the effects of arts training on cognition.
Brain and Immuno-imaging. Investigators use anatomical, physiological, or cellular and molecular imaging techniques to pilot-test novel clinical hypotheses on the brain, immune cells, or their interactions. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are sent twice yearly to deans of U.S. Medical Schools and other invited biomedical research institutions.
Human Immunology. Grants support clinical studies that measure human immune system functioning in health and disease, including the measurement of immune system responses to exper¬imental therapeutic trials supported by other sources. Individual investigators are invited to submit proposals for consideration. Additionally, applications by consortia (collaborating investigators) are solicited through a call for proposals in The Journal of Experimental Medicine and Nature Reviews Immunology.
Human Immunology research training awards, co-funded by the Irvington Institute for Immunological Research, support Dana-Irvington Fellows to undertake mentored clinical studies. Fellowships are designed to interest promising new investigators in considering clinical immunology research careers.
Neuroimmunology. By invitation, collaborating neuroscientists and immunologists apply for grants to study interactions between the nervous and immune systems in health and disease. Both clinical and animal model studies are funded.  
Clinical Neuro¬science Research. By invitation, translational researchers apply for support to test promising therapies from animal model research in a small number of patients with devastating, currently untreatable, brain diseases. Also supported are studies to develop ethical guidelines for clinical brain research, and prognostic data based on treatment outcomes in patients with severe brain injuries or disorders.
Arts and Cognition. A consortium is currently funded to study the effects of training in the arts on cognitive skills. No additional applications are being accepted.
All other Science and Health Grants are made solely by invitation. For information on Science and Health grants, please contact:
Grants Office, The Dana Foundation
745 Fifth Avenue, Suite 900
New York, New York 10151
(212) 223-4040

Arts Education Grants
The Foundation's current interest in arts education is focused on professional development that fosters improved teaching of the performing arts in public schools. Proposed projects must emphasize innovative training curricula for artists and in-school arts specialists.  These projects must originate in New York City, Wash¬ington, DC, or Los Angeles, or within a 50 mile radius, or they must serve rural areas of the United States. Information and guidelines about the general and rural grants are available online, as are the forms for applying. 
For information on Arts Education grants, please contact:

Arts Education Senior Project Manager
The Dana Center
900 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 408-8800

Education Grants
The Foundation has supported advances in education throughout its history. The Foundation's continuing interest in fostering innovations in K-12 education is maintained through grant support for the Dana Center for Education Innovation at the University of Texas in Austin. Other Foundation support for select education projects is internally generated or invited.
While the education grants program is designed to benefit schools and school systems throughout the country, Foundation grants ordinarily are not made directly to individual schools.
For information on Education grants, please contact:
Grants Office, The Dana Foundation
745 Fifth Avenue, Suite 900
New York, New York 10151
(212) 223-4040