Research Funding Sources

The Brain Injury Research Center is supported by federal and private grants.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funds Brain Injury Research Center investigations that contribute to the CDC Injury Center’s mission of promoting public health through research, prevention, and the dissemination of information through the Mount Sinai Injury Control Research Center (MS-ICRC).

The MS-ICRC’s mission is to reduce the impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI), to improve quality of life after injury, and to prevent violence in high-risk populations (with or without the presence of TBI).

The MS-ICRC focuses on three main goals:

  1. Building the knowledge base in our field
  2. Developing and evaluating interventions
  3. Expanding systematic screening to identify individuals with TBI, i.e. those who are unaware that their long-term symptoms are likely linked to TBI(s), and who therefore fail to seek appropriate treatment or support

Learn more about the CDC’s support of the Mount Sinai Injury Control Research Center (MS-ICRC)

The Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) program, sponsored by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, supports innovative projects and research in the delivery, demonstration, and evaluation of medical, rehabilitation, vocational, and other services designed to meet the needs of individuals with traumatic brain injury.

NIDILRR awards TBI Model Systems grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care. These institutions provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services from the point of injury through eventual re-entry into full community life. They award grants in five-year cycles (the current award cycle is 2012-2017).

Each TBI Model System contributes to the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center (TBINDSC), and participates in independent and collaborative research. They also provide information and resources to individuals with TBI and their families, caregivers, and friends; health care professionals; and the general public.

Learn more about the NIDILRR’s support of the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) program

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)—National Institutes of Health organizations—support TBI research through grants to major medical institutions across the country. NINDS/NICHD-funded research involves studies in the laboratory and in clinical settings in order to better understand TBI and the biological mechanisms underlying damage to the brain. This research will allow scientists to develop strategies and interventions to limit the primary and secondary brain damage that occurs within days of a head trauma, and to devise therapies to treat brain injury and improve long-term recovery of function.

Currently, the NINDS funds our Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai multi-center and multi-disciplinary brain donation study designed to characterize the late effects of traumatic brain injury and its relationships with known neurodegenerative conditions including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and Alzheimer’s disease.

Learn more about the NIH’s support of TBI research

The Brain Injury Research Center works with other institutions which provide additional funding to support research, including The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and the Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS).

Learn more about additional brain injury research funding sources

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