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Apply Now for Brain Awareness Week Outreach Grants – Cerebrate the Brain!

brain awareness week grants

Are you a member of an organization or institution committed to celebrating the wonders of the brain and bringing them from academic heights down to your local community?

If yes, now is the time to apply for Brain Awareness Week (BAW) Outreach Grants for US and Canada! Grantees will be awarded up to $1,500 that they can use to organize events and spread the love for Citizen Neuroscience to kids, adults, budding scientists, and just about any curious soul.

Brain Awareness Week Grants
Last year’s outreach event accross the Northwest: NW Noggin, an organization of brain enthusiasts, amazed kids with our very own Human-Human Interface.

Who’s Eligible for These Grants?

Any or all partners of the Dana Foundation are eligible to apply for these funds. Partnership is free but you will need to cover the cost of organizing the event. All the more reason to try and get the award to cut down on your costs!

Take a look at the list below and see if you fit any of these types of organizations:

  • K12 schools
  • Hospitals
  • Colleges and universities
  • Neuroscience & medical research organizations and facilities
  • Outreach organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Commercial organizations

But even if you don’t get a grant, Dana Foundation offers lots of FREE perks you can avail yourself of as a partner: event planning ideas and tips, promotion materials, outreach tools and calendars, handouts. The worthiest of all benefits is that you get to network or team up with other partners. (Speaking from our personal experience!)

As part of this application, you will to provide a full program of the activities you plan to organize during Brain Awareness Week, with as many details as possible. Lots of things to do, so hurry – the deadline is November 6!

What Is Brain Awareness Week?

Since its inception back in 1996, BAW has grown into a huge campaign that has so far reached 117 countries across all continents. But even though it’s a global initiative, its core impact is where it matters the most – locally. What better way to promote citizen science than to appeal to the citizens themselves?

Especially because promoting neuroscience to diverse audiences from all walks of life has never been easier and more affordable, what with all the inexpensive yet powerful electrophysiology kits such as BYB’s very own inventions! (Which have already toured the nation as part of Brain Awareness Week, by the way!)

This provides a unique opportunity to become part of the elaborate network of institutions that are all aligned with the same goal: to show the world that neuroscience IS for everyone!

As always, the campaign is scheduled for late March – or more precisely, March 15-21, 2021. But as this year taught us, not all Marches were made equal. Due to a probability of a prolonged COVID crisis, participants will be able to host their 2021 BAW events online or in-person – or both!

Celebrate or cerebrate? Why not do both at the same time!


Brain Awareness Week Brings Hands-On Neuroscience to All

Check out these awesome examples of Citizen Neuroscience!

Another Brain Awareness week has come and gone. But if you missed it, don’t think you can’t still get involved with Neuroscience Outreach! Organized by the Dana Foundation, Brain Awareness Week is a chance for educators to highlight neuroscience!

Whether you want to teach neuroscience in your classroom, or you and your students want to educate the public, our resources at Backyard Brains are powerful assets for all citizen neuroscientists.

You don’t have to take my word for it…

I’ll let the public do the talking! Check out these awesome examples from Twitter of Brain Awareness Week events featuring hands-on, educational neuroscience.

The admissions counselors LOVE Neuroscience outreach, and dreams do come true!

One last little observation we observed on Twitter… congrats to the recent acceptance!

Brain Awareness week may be over, but that doesn’t mean neuroscience outreach is ever out of fashion! Check out our Experiments and Store for information about how to bring these demos, and more, to life for students in the classroom, strangers at the bar, or wherever educational outreach may take you


NW Noggin Inspires Students with Hands-On Neuroscience Experiences

In honor of Brain Awareness Week this month, we want to spotlight an organization fighting the good fight and working to bring the NeuroRevolution to as many schools as possible! NW Noggin (Northwest Neuroscience Outreach Group: Growing in Networks) is a neuroscience outreach group based in Portland, Oregon that has been introducing students to electrophysiology across the Pacific Northwest! With the help of our Human-Human Interface, NW Noggin has traveled to 14 different events in their area, and they’ve helped over 3,000 students investigate the power of their muscles’ electricity as of March 1, 2019!

NW Noggin is a collaborative effort, and everyone involved is a volunteer, dedicating their time and expertise to helping kids all over engage with science and art. Different local groups send representatives as well, such as the Neuroscience Club at Portland State University. Aaron Eisen is a member of the PSU Neuroscience Club, and he has been leading the charge with their BYB outreach. “The impact is astounding. Kids who are not normally engaged in classrooms are captivated by abilities of this device,” Aaron says of the students’ reaction to the HHI. Getting kids excited about neuroscience and understanding how their own bodies work is an essential part of nurturing a budding scientist, and we aim to do just that with all of our products here at Backyard Brains.

Events hosted by NW Noggin work to combine hands-on science and art, such as modeling neurons and nervous systems with the ever-present pipe cleaners, using these concrete crafts to learn about neurons and axons and how they cause muscles in the body to move. Then, the events often move on to to studying the students’ own muscles and electrophysiology, using our “control freak” bundle of brain-machine interfaces.

Thank you Backyard Brains for helping us connect so many young people to neuroscience research, and a better understanding of their developing bodies and brains!” You’re very welcome, NW Noggin! Keep up the good work!


Brain Awareness Week is an initiative started by the Dana Foundation to shine a spotlight on neuroscience every year in March. Find out how you can become a partner and host your own event in your community by visiting their website!