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The brain,
a space of discovery

Every discovery on the path to cures
has the potential to improve lives.

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One Brain
One Community

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20 years advancing Canadian brain research

Brain Canada is a national charitable organization that enables and supports excellent, innovative, paradigm-changing brain research in Canada.

$277M invested
372 grants awarded
1155 researchers funded

Why fund brain research?

The brain is the most critical organ in the body but the least understood. As researchers continue their exploration of the brain and delve deeper into our understanding of brain disorders, the complexity of the challenge increases, and so too does our need to join different disciplines and to pursue new thinking and new approaches.

A brain damaged from injury and disease can lead to devastating consequences. By funding brain research you are helping transform innovative and outstanding ideas into outcomes that benefit society.

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The Canada Brain Research Fund

In 2011, Brain Canada committed to raising $100 million over six years from private and non-governmental sources which was matched by the Government of Canada on a 1:1 basis, creating a $200-million fund. Brain Canada met its fundraising objective of $100 million by the fall of 2015 – more than one year ahead of schedule. To maintain the positive momentum achieved with donors, partners and the research community, in Budget 2016, the Government of Canada provided $20 million in additional matching funds, administered through Health Canada, to the CBRF, an additional commitment s of $40 million from Budget 2019 and a subsequent $40 million funding extension in 2021. Currently, Brain Canada relies on the support from donors and partners, along with up to ten percent of funds from the CBRF, to cover its operating expenses.

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