IBRO recognizes the indispensable value of our partnerships in supporting and promoting the field of neuroscience around the world. The collaborative, inclusive and mutually beneficial nature of each one is essential for moving neuroscience forward on a global scale. We have already established several excellent working relationships with member and non-member organizations which all serve to enhance training, research, awareness and participation in neuroscience through a broad range of activities. You can learn more about our current partnerships below.


Advanced Neuroscience Training


African Centers for Advanced Training in Neuroscience

The IBRO African Centers for Advanced Training in Neuroscience is an IBRO initiative in partnership with the IBRO African Regional Committee (IBRO-ARC), Mohammed V University of Rabat (Morocco) and the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Building upon the success of the Africa Schools Program and explicitly focusing on excellence in training, teaching and research, IBRO established two initial centres of excellence at UCT and Mohammed V University Rabat. Each center hosts a school for African neuroscientists at least twice every year. Once they are running regularly and reliably, it is hoped that more centres of excellence can be established in other countries on the continent. More information


CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme

The CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme is a FENS and IBRO initiative in partnership with the Gatsby Charitable FoundationBordeaux Neurocampus (France) and the Champalimaud Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal) whose objective is to establish dedicated neuroscience training facilities in Europe. Six schools are hosted each year offering state-of-the-art hands-on training courses in neuroscience. They are designed by first-class neuroscientists and consist of 2-to-3-week project-based courses for approximately 20 international students.  The programme includes cutting-edge techniques and concepts relevant to modern neuroscience in a diverse array of disciplines.


Latin American Neuroscience Training Program

The IBRO Latin America Regional Committee (IBRO-LARC) and the IBRO U.S. Canada Regional Committee (IBRO-USCRC) partner with the Society for Neuroscience and the Grass Foundation to support the Latin American Training Program (LATP). This five-year initiative launched its first course in 2014, and builds on the historic strengths of the SfN Ricardo Miledi Program, a Grass Foundation funded training initiative that ran from 2003-12. The LATP is projected to serve approximately 650 trainees from Latin America and the Caribbean by the end of the five-year term. Fifteen outstanding students are selected each year to participate in an onsite, advanced 3-week training program. Additionally, more than 100 students from across the region participate in an online training program, which includes webinars, videos, networking, and discussions on professional development and the latest science.


Coordination of Brain Projects


International Brain Initiative

Countries around the world are investing in basic research and new technologies that could transform our knowledge of the brain. Understanding how the brain functions, and how it breaks down in disease, has the potential to improve the lives of a vast number of people worldwide. That is why representatives from diverse brain research projects, including scientists, policymakers and funders, are coming together to create an International Brain Initiative. IBRO expresses its support for the International Brain Initiative in its commitment to fostering collaboration on brain research for the benefit of all around the world and agrees to uphold the tenets outlined in the Initiative’s Declaration of Intent.




IBRO/ISN Research Fellowship Program

IBRO and the International Society for Neurochemistry joined forces in 2015 to fund up to 8 Research Fellowships per year. The current agreement envisages funding for the next three to five years. The fellows are known as IBRO/ISN Research Fellows and the fellowship funding helps to support them to pursue research at a host laboratory in any country for one year. The program aims to provide increased research opportunities for neuroscientists, support the global advancement of neuroscience research and to generate more interest in the field of neurochemistry.


IBRO/IBE-UNESCO Science of Learning Initiative

The IBRO Science of Learning Initiative established in 2016 is the result IBRO’s efforts to globally recognize neuroscience research as crucial to increasing our understanding of how the human brain learns and to informing education practitioners, policymakers and governments how this knowledge can help address urgent international concerns ranging from curriculum development and learning to migration and equitable development. To launch the initiative, IBRO and the International Bureau of Education at UNESCO (IBE-UNESCO), have established a program that offers 3 joint IBRO/IBE-UNESCO Science of Learning Fellowships each year for an initial period of three years. The selected Fellows pursue research projects at IBE-UNESCO headquarters for up to 4 months that will help to translate key neuroscience research on learning and the brain to educators, policymakers and governments.

Global Advocacy & Outreach


Global Advocacy Initiative

As a global neuroscience federation dedicated to the promotion of neuroscience around the world, IBRO was chosen by several leading neuroscience societies to lead a collaborative effort in support of advocacy programs across all the world’s regions. The IBRO Global Advocacy Initiative was launched in 2012 to facilitate the development of culturally relevant educational and motivational programs that will garner wider support for neuroscience research across the world. IBRO is now working closely with FENS and SfN, in addition to The Dana Foundation, the Japan Neuroscience Society, the Australasian Neuroscience Society, the International Society of Neurochemistry (ISN) and others to create a programme in support of its Global Advocacy mission. More information


European Brain Council

The IBRO Pan-European Regional Committee (IBRO-PERC) joined the European Brain Council (EBC) in 2016 to support the representation of neuroscience at the European Commission (EC). IBRO-PERC made this decision because the presence of neuroscience in EC-launched programs (e.g. Horizon 2020) has been scarce and support has decreased considerably from EC budgetary schemes. The only programs involving brain research and considered eligible for EC funding are limited to those exclusively translational or clinical in nature. As EBC includes and promotes the interests of basic research, industry and clinical and patient associations, IBRO-PERC considered it the best partner with whom to increase representation at the European policymaking level.


International Brain Bee

We are delighted to announce the formal establishment of the International Brain Bee organization (IBB), as a non-profit educational organization incorporated in the U.S. This milestone event was made possible through a partnership and funding commitment from five founding organizations: the American Psychological Association (APA), the Dana Foundation, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). Click here to learn more.

Other areas of potential partnerships include travel grants and stipends, return home and other research fellowships, international short stay grants, neuroethics, diversity, history of neuroscience, awards of research excellence, PhD fellowships and increased support for young and disadvantaged neuroscientists, especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America. If you are interested in exploring new ideas or future support within one of our existing partnership areas, please contact Lars Kristiansen at lars.kristiansen[at]ibro[dot]org.