NFL gives $16.3 million for neuroscience research

The NFL has allocated an additional $16.3 million toward research into the long-term effects of concussions and traumatic brain injuries, the league announced Friday.

The funding — part of an original $30 million pledge that was part of a five-year agreement with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health that ended in August — will go to three research projects focusing on neurodegenerative diseases, such as CTE, Parkinson's disease and ALS, all of which have been linked to repetitive brain injuries suffered by NFL players.

"These research initiatives represent important scientific projects, with proven track records of achievement that affect public health," the league said in a statement. "Each of these research programs receives substantial federal funding. Through this commitment, the League hopes to advance the understanding of concussion and other brain injuries, especially among athletes and veterans."

The league is donating $7.65 million to the U.S. Department of Defense's Concussion Assessment Research and Education Consortium Grand Alliance, which also involves the NCAA, and another $7.65 million to the NIH-funded Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury initiative. The remaining $2.25 million will go to the National Institute of Aging.

Here's a closer look at the three projects, click here.

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