PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University has received a $25 million gift that will be used to invest in its cutting edge brain science research, the Ivy League school said in a statement.

The anonymous donation will support computational brain science and help the university attract and retain top scholars.

It will also endow an innovation awards program at Brown’s Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science to provide seed funding for new research in computation and other areas of brain science.

Computational neuroscience seeks to understand the functions of the brain at all levels — from cells to cognition — using principles from physics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, biology, cognitive science and psychology, the school said.

“This gift will allow us to sustain a culture of innovation, which has led to an impressive number of discoveries and returned countless new grants to Brown that forge new areas of research,” Diane Lipscombe, director of the Carney Institute and a professor of neuroscience, said in a statement Tuesday.

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