Once again framing innovation as the key to America’s prowess, President Barack Obama unveiled an expansive research initiative intended to redefine how we understand the human brain.

Brain_MRI_SmallOnce again framing innovation as the key to America’s prowess, President Barack Obama unveiled an expansive research initiative intended to redefine how we understand the human brain.

Obama’s announcement served to underscore the research and development commitment he reinforced in February’s State of the Union speech. The National Institutes of Health, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation will launch the project with $100 million from the 2014 budget Obama plans to send to Congress next week.

“Ideas are what power our economy,” Obama told a crowd of science supporters in the White House’s ceremonial East Room.

Obama called the initiative, known as Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or BRAIN, the “next great American project.”

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Source: Jessica Meyers | Politico | April 2, 2013