The brain is the most mysterious and advanced machine humans know. The European Commission funds research to better understand and improve our knowledge of the brain; in this page you will find information about these projects.
The brain is much more than an organ. It is a system whose secrets can help us not only cure diseases, but also build better computing systems, able to do things that today we may not even imagine.
The Human Brain Project, a very ambitious 1 Billion EUR project launched by the European Commission in 2013, aims to reconstruct the human brain through supercomputer-based models.
The projects grouped under Future & Emerging Technologies aim to better understand the working process of our brain: for example, HIVE focused on non-invasive brain stimulation technologies and led to the creation of innovative medical tools.
In the field of Robotics, artificial cognitive systems inspired by brain research will enable robots and autonomous systems to perform new types of tasks in the real world.
The projects that deal with Brain-Neural Computer Interaction (BNCI) records brain activity and works to understand the connections between the brain and neural connections. The aim is to develop interactions between the brain and electronic devices to overcome neural damage. The TOBI project is at the forefront in the study of brain-computer interactions that will have a real impact in improving the quality of life of disabled people.
Brain research is key in our ageing society, to better manage senile brain degeneration illnesses. BrainAble aims at improving people's quality of life by providing inner functional independence for daily life activities and autonomy at home with accessible and interoperable smarthome services; and enabling their participation in social activities with adapted social networks services.
EU funded projects
A closed-loop neural prosthesis for dizziness suppression
The main goal of the CLONS project is to develop suitable technological solutions to increase the quality of life of people affected by vestibular disorders. Toward this aim, an innovative closed-loop sensory neural prosthesis will be developed and tested in animal models and in selected humans...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
A quantum leap: from a spike-centered brain universe to its underlying synaptic landscape
The richness of high-level cognitive and adaptive properties of the brain is reflected in the complexity of its anatomy and (electro)physiology. At the cellular level, evolution privileged for the central nervous system an analog distributed information storage and encoding, by plastic (graded)...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
An individually adaptable, BNCI-based, remote controlled Cognitive Enhancement Training for successful rehabilitation after stroke including home support and monitoring
Millions of people live with the consequences of stroke, which often include cognitive impairments. A wide gap exists between clinical rehabilitation and care, monitoring and support of patients at home to maximize independent, socially integrated living. CONTRAST will bridge this gap by developing...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Assistive Technology Rapid Integration & Construction Set
More than 2,6 million people in Europe have problems with their upper limbs and therefore many of them depend on Assistive Technologies (AT). As the potential of the individual user is very specific, adaptive, ICT-based solutions are needed to let this population group participate in modern society...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Augmented BNCI Communication
ABC aims at increasing human capabilities by means of Brain/Neural Computer Interfaces (BNCI). The project will develop applications addressed primarily to persons with Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy (DCP). Due to DCP particular conditions, BNCI-based systems present a huge potential for improving the...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Autonomy and social inclusion through mixed reality Brain-Computer Interfaces: Connecting the disabled to their physical and social world
BrainAble will conceive, research, design, implement and validate an ICT-based human computer interface (HCI) composed of BNCI sensors combined with affective computing and virtual environments. This combination will dramatically improve the quality of life of people with disabilities by overcoming...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Brain-inspired multiscale computation in neuromorphic hybrid systems
The BrainScaleS project aims at understanding function and interaction of multiple spatial and temporal scales in brain information processing. The fundamentally new approach of BrainScaelS lies in the in-vivo biological experimentation and computational analysis. Spatial scales range from...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Brain-neural computer interfaces on track to home – Development of a practical generation of BNCI for independent home use
Research efforts have improved Brain-Neural Computer Interface (BNCI) technology in many ways and numerous applications have been prototyped. Until recently, these BNCI systems have been researched almost exclusively in laboratories. Home usage has been demonstrated, though only with on-going...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Choreographing neural networks: coupling attractor dynamics and state-dependent computations across biomimetic brain interfaces with neuromorphic VLSI
This project lays theoretical and technological foundations for future biohybrid and brain-machine-interface devices, taking advantage of recent progress in our theoretical understanding of brain, in-vivo and in-vitro electrophysiology, and biomimetic hardware components (neuromorphic VLSI). If...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Consortium Of Neuroimagers for the Noninvasive Exploration of Brain Connectivity and Tractography
"Nothing defines the function of a neuron better than it's connections" (Mesulam)In the last two decades impressive advances in understanding brain function with new neuroimaging methods have been made, however to understand brain function, it is also very important to characterise...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Convergence Science Network of Biomimetics and NeuroTechnology
Despite tremendous progress in neuroscience, ICT and related fields we are still unable to build perceptive, emotive and cognitive systems that are comparable with even simple insect brains with respect to function, energy sufficiency or computational power. One promising approach to answer this...Funding schemeCoordination and support actionProgramme codeFP7
Deployment of Brain-Computer Interfaces for the Detection of Consciousness in Non-Responsive Patients
The deployment of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) for non-responsive patients will provide access to modern information and communication technology such as internet, personal computer or home appliances when only a single response of a person is available. In this extreme case, no current...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Diagnostic Enhancement of Confidence by an International Distributed Environment
DECIDE (Diagnostic Enhancement of Confidence by an International Distributed Environment), aims at creating a e-Infrastructure to enhance the diagnostic confidence in chronic brain diseases such as Alzheimer and dementia. Proper management of these neurodegenerative diseases are thought to be very...Programme codeFP7
Electromagnetic detection of neural activity at cellular resolution
The main goal of the project is to develop a new generation of neuroscience tools for electromagnetic measurement and spectroscopy at the neuron level.\nSpin electronics offers nowadays the possibility to create very sensitive, micrometer-scale magnetic field detectors. Here, we propose to exploit...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Emulating the C. elegans nervous system: A blueprint for brain-inspired computational architectures
Biological neural systems are powerful, robust and highly adaptive computational entities that outperform conventional computers in almost all aspects of sensory-motor integration. Despite dramatic progress in information technology, there is a big performance discrepancy between artificial systems...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Evidence based Diagnostic and Treatment Planning Solution for Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain – it is a major health problem and the most common cause of permanent disability in people under the age of 40 years. Yearly cost from TBI in Europe exceeds 100 billion euros. Recent statistics show a steep increase...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Evolving Platform for Improving Living Expectation of Patients Suffering from IctAl Events
Epilepsy is the commonest serious brain disorder in every country, and probably the most universal of all medical disorders. In Europe six million people currently have epilepsy and fifteen million will have epilepsy at some time of their lives. Currently nearly 30% of these people cannot be...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Exploring the neural coding in behaving animals by novel optogenetic, high-density microrecordings and computational approaches: Towards cognitive Brain-Computer Interfaces
In this project we aim to investigate the mechanisms involved in memory storage in the brain by a combination of advanced multisite, single unit neural activity monitoring, closed-loop patterned and cell specific activations, and computational techniques, that would allow developing ways to...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
FROM PATIENT DATA TO PERSONALISED HEALTHCARE IN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Dementia causes long and oppressive suffering to patients and their relatives and imposes enormous costs on society. About 25 million people suffered from dementia in 2000. As a 4-fold increase of this number is expected by 2050, dementia is one main health issue of the next decades. Alzheimer...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7
Grid cells: From brains to technical implementation
Since the invention of the first computers, their speed and computing power have grown exponentially but their fundamental operating principles remain essentially unchanged. Computers are still operating on one or a few central processing units, each with limited interconnectivity. Such processors...Funding schemeCollaborative project (generic)Programme codeFP7