About Us

Mission & History

FNNR (formerly the ISNR Research Foundation) fosters research in neurofeedback and neuromodulation via collaboration with researchers, corporate partners and other organizations including our parent organization, the International Society for Neurofeedback & Research (ISNR). Our grant programs provide direct funding to further the understanding of neurofeedback and its applications.


The Foundation for Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Research supports research into neurofeedback and related non-pharmaceutical technologies for central nervous system disorders. To accomplish this mission, FNNR:

  • Identifies areas of interest for research in neuromodulation therapies with a current focus on attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), adult mild/moderate cognitive impairment (MCI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, seizure disorders, and other neurological and psychiatric conditions..
  • Establishes criteria for quality-controlled studies to evaluate such therapies and provides guidance for researchers who want to design and execute such studies.
  • Solicits, evaluates, awards and administers research grants.
  • Recruits qualified researchers to conduct research.
  • Supports students entering the field by encouraging membership to ISNR for students who participate in the annual ISNR conference.
  • Supports students and non-student researchers by establishing and maintaining an equipment repository to house and track equipment suitable for research clinical use.
  • Applies for public and private grants and donations.
  • Raises funds through direct and deferred donations.
  • Collaborates with other entities with similar objectives.


In 1991, a small group of professionals formerly associated with the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) neurofeedback section created a new society to promote advancement in their innovative field of brainwave biofeedback. Their Society for the Study of Neuronal Regulation (SSNR) grew and has become today’s International Society for Neuroregulation and Research (ISNR) currently with over a thousand members across the world. ISNR’s scientific meetings and its peer-reviewed Journal of Neurotherapy are dedicated to research-based understanding. In 2003, ISNR created a special research committee to fund and manage research grants which funded nine studies resulting in ten publications from 2003 to 2008. The ISNR Research Fund committee was composed of Joel Lubar, PhD, James Evans, PhD, Cory Hammond, PhD, Vince Monastra, PhD, Tim Tinius, PhD and David Trudeau, MD (chair). With that growing experience, ISNR spun off the separate ISNR Research Foundation in 2008 as an independent nonprofit organization. With ongoing support from ISNR and its members and others, the ISNR Research Foundation is envisioned to expand its role as a major resource for research and academic development over the years and decades. In 2015, the name was changed to the Foundation for Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Research (FNNR).