Neuroscience works on a global level in order to advance its research. As such, our members partner with organizations around the world to support advocacy initiatives—at both the national and regional level.
The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) are two such allies. They recognize the importance of advocating for funding in a way that aligns with a nation’s political system and culture. Browse the 100 global organizations affiliated with IBRO to learn more, or check out the resources below.
Science Funding Process in Canada
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency. Its structure consists of 13 "virtual" institutes that encourage partnership and collaboration across sectors, disciplines and regions.
Each Institute is dedicated to a specific area of focus and embraces a range of research from fundamental biomedical and clinical research to research on health systems, health services, the health of populations, societal and cultural dimensions of, and environmental influences on health. This integrated approach brings together researchers, health professionals, and policymakers from voluntary health organizations, provincial government agencies, international research organizations, and industry and patient groups from across the country under each Institute's virtual "roof."
Science Funding Process in Mexico
The National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) is a public agency of the federal government of Mexico. It is responsible for developing the country’s science and technology policies. Established in 1970, this institution promotes, coordinates, and articulates the national scientific and technological activities in order to promote the development of basic science. It also seeks to promote the development and strengthening of applied research to address the most pressing social needs and expand the prospects of the productive sector, making it possible, as a result, the rise in the quality of life of Mexico’s population.
CONACYT grants funding for universities, public and private higher education, centers, laboratories, public and private companies, and others that are registered in the National Registry of Businesses and Institutions in Scientific and Technological Research.
Currently, CONACYT’s research funding programs are undergoing a structural change. These changes will allow the Council to interact both with state departments, state governments, and federal agencies, and with academic institutions and scientific and private companies that integrate the science and technology systems in Mexico.
CONACYT manages programs to encourage industry and private sector involvement in science and technology through its 27 research institutions covering the major fields of scientific and technological knowledge. Dependent upon on goals and specialties, the institutions are grouped into three main areas: ten of them in natural sciences, eight in social sciences and humanities, eight in development and technological innovation, and one in financing graduate studies.
Science Funding Process in the UK
The primary body funding research in the United Kingdom is the Research Councils. Each year, approximately £3 billion is invested in research conducted at UK universities, Research Council Institutes, and in securing access to international facilities for UK researchers
Together the Research Councils cover the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, and the arts and humanities.
- Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
- Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Medical Research Council (MRC)
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
- Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Science funding is covered by more than one Council; however, neuroscience falls within the Medical Research Council (MRC).