RUBIC was built with a $1.82 million grant from the National Science Foundation and is affiliated with the Psychology Department and the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience. RUBIC enables researchers from the Rutgers campuses as well as those from nearby institutions (e.g., Kessler Foundation, UMDNJ, etc.) to develop new research strategies and increase understanding of brain processes underlying typical functioning (e.g. human development, learning and memory, perceptual dynamics, neuroeconomics, computational neuroimaging) as well as atypical functioning such as that associated with developmental problems, mental illness, and addiction.

Research at RUBIC is supported at present by various agencies and foundations including NIH, NIDA, NEI, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation.