High-impact research in neuroscience and mental health has always required skill, imagination, determination and insight, and nowadays it also requires access to shared equipment, facilities, services, databases, computing and informatics facilities, patient repositories, and biobanks, collectively referred to as technology “platforms”. Such platforms are too expensive for a single research laboratory or program to purchase or maintain, and are complex and highly sophisticated. They need to be operated and regularly maintained by skilled technical staff to ensure they operate at peak performance and efficiency and are accessible on demand. Some are of such large scale that they should only be provided on a regional or national basis.
Brain Canada identified support for operations and maintenance of research platforms as a gap in the research funding environment for the neurosciences, and now intends to address this funding gap by sponsoring a competition for Platform Support Grants (PSGs). PSGs support, for up to three years, major research platforms that provide enhanced technical and research capability to multiple investigators working in the brain sciences.
For further information or questions:
About this PSG competition and application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About Brain Canada and the Canada Brain Research Fund: go to http://braincanada.ca