A Conversation with Society for Neuroscience

Cynthia Friend on the foundation’s funding approach and basic neuroscience research

The Society for Neuroscience talks with Kavli Foundation President Cynthia Friend about how the foundation has evolved under her leadership (broadening its funding approach), opportunities in neuroscience research, and what excites her most about the future of the foundation.

“Funding basic research is particularly important as fundamental work often lays the groundwork for applied discoveries. As a field, neuroscience has made great strides over the past decade to advance what is known about the human brain in particular, but there is so much more to do. We see immense opportunity to accelerate basic research in several areas — from supporting innovative, early-stage, or risky ideas that might not be ready for more conventional federal grants, to supporting process and infrastructure that maximizes data use through open data sharing.”

Read more in the Spring 2023 issue of Society for Neuroscience and learn more about the foundation’s neuroscience programs.