About BBI

The Brain and Behavior Institute (BBI) was launched on January 22, 2021; its purpose is to maximize existing strengths in neuroscience research, education, and training at UMD and to elevate and expand the campus neuroscience portfolio in the following ways:

  • Create a centralized community to strengthen collaborative interactions between neuroscience and other disciplines, including engineering, computer science, mathematics, physical sciences, cognitive sciences, and humanities;
  • Promote the development of research teams that utilize innovative, multi-disciplinary approaches to solve the most pressing problems related to nervous system function and disease;
  • Increase the competitiveness for multi-lab program project, center, and core facility grants;
  • Facilitate collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore, through the strategic use of MPower and other resources;
  • Advance the translation of basic science findings to preclinical and clinical research;
  • Recruit diverse and outstanding faculty, tools, and resources to enhance multidisciplinary training and education of undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows;
  • Support the creation of intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer;
  • Enhance opportunities for strategic corporate partnerships, collaborations with local biomedical groups, service to the community and sustained fundraising.

Funding for the BBI is provided by the UMD Provost UM Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Development, the Clark Foundation, the Vice President for Research, and the Deans of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, the Clark School of Engineering, the College of Education, and School of Public Health, and the College of Arts and Humanities.