The Kavli Foundation, which supports scientific research, has gifted $100 million for research into brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and traumatic injury.
This foundation gift will add to a $300 million program led by the White House and known as the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, launched by President Barack Obama in April 2013.
The foundation said, "The majority of the funds will establish three new Kavli neuroscience institutes. The centers will be located at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, The Rockefeller University in New York and the University of California, San Francisco. These institutes will become part of an international network of seven Kavli Institutes carrying out fundamental research in neuroscience, and a broader network of 20 Kavli Institutes dedicated to astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics."
The BRAIN Initiative is also funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and private partners.
The Kavli Foundation pledged $40 million to the program when it was first launched.