This document covers the activity report of the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) from the moment it was launched in November 2008 until December 2012. The BCBL was promoted by the Basque Government through Ikerbasque (the Basque Foundation for Science) that planted the seed and managed to assemble four partners to set up the legal structure of the BCBL. The four founding and current partners are: Ikerbasque, Innobasque (Basque Innovation Agency), the Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Initially, the BCBL was mostly funded by a grant from the Basque Government, but grants from other funding bodies also contributed to the initial budget of the BCBL. In particular, grants from the Plan Nacional and the Consolider program of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, grants from the 7th Framework of the European Union, from the Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa, and from several private foundations. Currently, various researchers have managed to attract competitive funding from EU agencies, the Spanish Government, the Basque Government, and private foundations. The BCBL was created with the mission of performing world-class research on cognition, language processing, and on the brain mechanisms that underlie these processes. We are a multidisciplinary research center within the Basque Country Science Network, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in research, training and knowledge transfer within the field of Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. The specifi c aim of our research activity is to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms involved in language acquisition and processing, with special emphasis on bilingualism and multilingualism. To that end, we set up a well-equipped laboratory with exceptional facilities and recruited an outstanding group of human resources.
The laboratories of the BCBL are equipped with cutting edge technological platforms such as MRI, MEG, EEG and NIRS. As of December 2012, we have succeeded in recruiting 2 senior researchers, 7 staff scientists, 12 postdoctoral researchers, 14 PhD students, 9 administrative staff, 6 information technologies and technical staff, and 13 laboratory staff. Researchers are currently organized in two research groups. More research groups will be created in the near future as we continue recruiting outstanding researchers. Finally, the BCBL is also committed to education and knowledge transfer; thus, in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) we have created a Masters Program entitled “Cognitive Neuroscience of Language” that has been approved by the Spanish Government and has been running since September 2011. These are exciting times for research in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language in the Basque Country. To learn more, read what is in the pages to come.