The Accelerating Research on Consciousness Initiative is a $20,000,000 commitment that involves supporting up to five large projects using Structured Adversarial Collaboration, which is our signature approach to grantmaking. 

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The list below shows the Structured Adversarial Collaboration projects that we have supported.

Project 1

Name of the host institution: Allen Institute for Brain Science

Month & year it was hosted: March 2018

Names of host and participants: Christof Koch (host), Cyriel M. A. Pennartz, David Chalmers, Dawid Potgieter, Francis Fallon, Giulio Tononi, Hakwan Lau, Hal Blumenfeld, Heather Berlin, Liad Mudrik, Lucia Melloni, Michael Pitts, Stanislas Dehaene, William Jaworski

Names of theories discussed: Integrated Information Theory, Global Neuronal Workspace Theory, Higher-Order Theory

The outcome of the workshop: A successful proposal was funded in May 2019 (see project details here). The resulting study is an adversarial collaboration between Integrated Information Theory and Global Neuronal Workspace Theory

Project 2

Name of the host institution: Allen Institute for Brain Science

Month & year it was hosted: October 2019

Names of host and participants: Anne Churchland, Christof Koch (Host), Dawid Potgieter, Fanis Panagiotaropoulos, Giulio Tononi, Lionel Naccache, Lucia Melloni, Maria Geffen, Mark Schnitzer, Masanori Murayama, Massimo Scanziani, Michael Pitts, Pieter Roelfsema, Shawn Olsen, Yuri Saalmann, Yuval Nir
Zachary Mainen

Names of theories discussed: Integrated Information Theory, Global Neuronal Workspace Theory(in animal models)

The outcome of the workshop: The group identified at least one experiment. They were invited to submit a proposal to be considered for funding by the Foundation

Project 3

Name of the host institution: New York University

Month & year it was hosted: October 2019

Names of host and participants: Dave Chalmers (Host), David Rosenthal, Dawid Potgieter, Hakwan Lau, Joseph LeDoux, Johannes Fahrenfort, Jorge Morales, Kristin Eldon Whylly, Lucia Melloni, Luke Roelofs, Matthias Michel, Megan Peters, Michael McCullough, Ned Block (Host), Rachel Denison, Richard Brown, Richard Sergay, Susanna Siegel, Victor Lamme

Names of theories discussed: First Order Theories vs Higher-Order Theories, including Recurrent Processing VS Higher-Order Thought

The outcome of the workshop: The group identified at least one experiment. They were invited to submit a proposal to be considered for funding by the Foundation

Project 4

Name of the host institution: University of Arizona

Month & year it was hosted: January 2020

Names of host and participants: Aarat Kalra, Alexander Bystritsky, Alvin J. Clark, Alysson Muotri, Andrew Serazin, Anirban Bandyopadhyay, Anita Goel, Bruce MacIver, Christof Koch, Dawid Potgieter, Giulio Tononi, Hartmut Neven, Horacio Cantiello, Jack Tuszynski, James Tagg, Jay Sanguinetti, Masashi Aono, Nicco Reggente, Paavo Pylkkänen, Sir Roger Penrose, Stuart Hameroff (Host), Thomas G. Bever, Travis Craddock

Names of theories discussed: Orchestrated objective reduction vs Integrated Information Theory

The outcome of the workshop: The group did not identify an experiment suitable for structured adversarial collaboration

Project 5

Name of the host institution: University of Amsterdam

Month & year it was hosted: May 2020

Names of host and participants: Andy Clark, Anil Seth, Cyriel M. A. Pennartz (Host), Dawid Potgieter, Giulio Tononi, Jakob Hohwy, Karl Friston, Lars Muckli, Lucia Melloni, Nao Tsuchiya, Pieter Roelfsema, Umberto Olcese, Wolf Singer

Names of theories discussed: Integrated Information Theory vs Predictive Processing (Active Inference and Neurorepresentationalist Account)

The outcome of the workshop: TBD

Project 6

Name of the host institution: TBD

Month & year it was hosted: March – May 2021

Names of host and participants: TBD

Names of theories discussed: TBD

The outcome of the workshop: TBD