Canadian researchers eligible for funding through the NIH BRAIN Initiative
In August 2015, the Brain Canada Foundation and the 10 NIH Institutes that are part of the NIH BRAIN Initiative announced a new partnership. As part of this partnership, Brain Canada will provide matched funding through the Canada Brain Research Fund.
In most of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs), foreign institutions have been permitted to participate either by submitting applications directly or as subcontractors in an application from a domestic institution.
Researchers are encouraged to visit the NIH BRAIN website (https://braininitiative.nih.gov/funding/index.htm) to consult the individual FOAs, where they will find information about foreign institution eligibility. Researchers are also encouraged to contact the NIH program official for the announcements of interest, who can provide guidance and assess whether the project would be better suited to another opportunity. Two types of funding requests are available:
NIH made a number of BRAIN Initiative awards in FY16 and many more are expected to be made in FY17. Canadian researchers who are interested in participating in funded awards are advised to contact the Program Director/Principal Investigator of the NIH award to inquire if there is mutual interest in collaboration. If there is interest, the Canadian researcher can apply directly to the Brain Canada Foundation for funding for the work to be performed in Canada. For each approved project with an added Canadian collaboration, funding and administration of the work performed in Canada shall be managed by Brain Canada.
Canadian researchers who submit applications either directly or as subcontractors to the BRAIN Initiative awards should contact Brain Canada who will seek partners and provide grant support through the Canada Brain Research Fund.