Brain Canada is thrilled to announce the launch of the 2024 Platform Support Grants (PSG) program. This is a groundbreaking initiative designed to bridge a critical gap in the neuroscience research funding environment. This unique program fosters innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration through enhanced research platforms. It also aims to significantly advance the field of neuroscience and mental health research. 

Recognizing the essential role that research platforms play in addressing the evolving needs of high-impact research, Brain Canada has committed $13 million in new federal funding through the Canada Brain Research Fund. This amount will be matched by funding from sponsors secured by applicants, creating a total funding envelope of $26 million. 

“Today’s brain research requires access to sophisticated shared resources like equipment, facilities, databases, and biobanks, collectively known as platforms. With the Government of Canada’s recent $80 million investment in brain research, we are pleased to launch the 2024 PSG program, which will enable researchers to address the evolving needs of neuroscience and mental health research.” 

Dr. Viviane Poupon, President and CEO of Brain Canada

Platform Support Grants Program Overview 

The PSG program supports major research platforms at a local, regional, or national scale. The goal is to provide enhanced technical and research capabilities to multiple investigators in the neurosciences. Researchers can apply for funding through two streams: 

Stream 1: Will support platforms that are in development or already existing but that have never been funded through Brain Canada’s Platform Support Grants program. 

Stream 2: Will support platforms that have previously received funding through Brain Canada’s Platform Support Grants program.  

Historically, research grants awarded through the PSG program have ranged from $138,000 – $6.1 million (including matching funds).

The deadline for applicants to submit their registration forms is July 24, 2024. The full application deadline is September 20, 2024. 

Click here for full application details.

This program is made possible by the Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF), an innovative arrangement between the Government of Canada (through Health Canada) and Brain Canada.