Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. If we can rise to the challenge, we can gain profound insights into what makes us human, develop new treatments for brain disease and build revolutionary new computing technologies. Today, for the first time, modern ICT has brought these goals within sight.
Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. If we can rise to it, we can gain profound insights into what makes us human, build revolutionary computing technologies and develop new treatments for brain disorders. Today, for the first time, modern ICT has brought these goals within reach.
The HBP will develop six ICT platforms, dedicated respectively to Neuroinformatics, Brain Simulation, High Performance Computing, Medical Informatics, Neuromorphic Computing and Neurorobotics.
Over the course of the 10-year project, HBP researchers will simulate the human brain, develop brain-inspired computing technologies, map brain diseases, perform targeted mapping of the mouse and human brain, develop six Information and and Communications Technology (ICT) platforms, drive translation of research into products and services, and implement programmes of education and knowledge management. All these efforts will be made in the context of a responsible research and innovation (RRI) strategy.
The Human Brain Project is accelerating progress toward a multi-level understanding of the human brain, better diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases, and brain-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). The potential impacts of these advancements on science, medicine, industry and society are profound.
The Human Brain Project is organized around three distinct yet complementary research areas: Future Neuroscience, Future Medicine and Future Computing.
The HBP is organized in thirteen subprojects.
The HBP will develop six ICT platforms, dedicated respectively to Neuroinformatics, Brain Simulation, High Performance Computing, Medical Informatics, Neuromorphic Computing and Neurorobotics. In all cases, the platforms will build on existing capabilities, some but not all developed by the HBP partners. The HBP platforms will be designed for use by scientists from outside the HBP Consortium who may have limited technological expertise.
The Human Brain Project is an ambitious multidisciplinary project. Each of these disciplines typically comes with a set of frequently asked questions. These questions and their respective answers are grouped into categories in the rightmost menu on this page.
One of the HBP's strategic goals is to prepare a large-scale programme of research on the themes of the Flagship, allowing the HBP to obtain the best possible access to research, data sources, platforms and infrastructures offered by other organisations, and enabling organisations outside the HBP to use the HBP platforms to pursue their own research. Coordinating these activities is the responsibility of the European Research Programme (ERP).
The Human Brain Project is part of the FET Flagship Programme, which is a new initiative launched by the European Commission as part of its Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative. The goal is to encourage visionary, "mission-oriented" research with the potential to deliver breakthroughs in information technology with major benefits for European society and industry. The Commission envisages the Flagship program as a highly ambitious initiative involving close collaboration with National and Regional funding agencies, industry and partners from outside the European Union.
The HBP's education programmes will play a major role in building awareness of the project's work and results, delivering courses to students and providing young European scientist with transdisciplinary knowledge and skills.
An important goal of the HBP's Ethics and Society Programme will be to promote a constructive dialogue with public and private stakeholders and with the general public, maintaining an intense engagement with points of view external to the HBP, identifying emerging controversies, and formulating recommendations for HBP research and research priorities. This effort will be deliberately independent of the project's dissemination activities.
This section of the site will be the future home of HBP science content, including highlights from the project's scientific publications in the fields of neuroscience, medicine and computing.
The HBP community is a collection of diverse institutes and companies. Each contributes to a facet of the implementation of the HBP. Organizations which receive funding from the HBP can be found in the Partners section. Organizations which are aligned with the HBP vision, but are not HBP funded, can be found in the Collaborating Partners section.
Each subproject has leading and co-leading investigators. Find out more about these investigators and their oranization affiliations.
Organizations in the HBP Consortium can be found here.
Organizations collaborating with various HBP efforts while not part of the HBP Consortium can be found here.
Scientific Investigators in the HBP Consortium can be found here.
Scientific Investigators collaborating from outside of the HBP Consortium can be found here.
The Human Brain Project is always looking for talented scientists and engineers. If you're looking for a chance to contribute to this groundbreaking project and our understanding of what it means to be human, please review our jobs section to see open positions.
The HBP Pilot Report was published in April 2012. The report summarizes the results of the Human Brain Project Preparatory Study in which nearly three hundred experts in neuroscience, medicine and computing – worked together to develop the HBP vision for brain research and its applications. Download it here!