The Momentum Grants program allows previous Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research grant recipients to capitalize on the momentum generated through their seed funding

Brain Canada is pleased to announce a new program to leverage the strengths of the Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program, which anchored by a generous gift from the Azrieli Foundation, provides funding to early-career researchers to build a foundation of research excellence and innovation in Canada. The new Momentum Grants program aims to enable researchers to build upon their previously funded initial projects and explore new dimensions of their research with the potential to generate breakthroughs in our understanding of the brain. 

Open to applicants who have previously been awarded a 2018 Azrieli Foundation-Brain Canada Early-Career Capacity Building Grant or a Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Grant, the competition has an overall funding envelope of $1,000,000 to support up to five grants of $200,000 over two years.  

The new Momentum Grants program encourages researchers to think boldly and to embrace interdisciplinary approaches to address complex brain-related challenges. We are delighted by the success and enthusiasm surrounding the Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research program, and we are pleased to extend additional support to nurture these groundbreaking ideas.”

Dr. Viviane Poupon, President, and CEO of Brain Canada

“Our investment in these researchers fosters scientific excellence, fuels career advancement, and drives impactful contributions in brain research,” says Fiona Sanderson, Manager of the Momentum Grants program. “This program will lead to tangible benefits for people affected by brain disorders in Canada and around the world.” 

Interested applicants will be required to submit a Registration Form by February 12, 2024, and eligible applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application. The deadline to submit Full Applications is March 22, 2024. 

Evidence clearly shows that increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in research environments enhances excellence, innovation, and creativity. Brain Canada is committed to excellence through equity, and we encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply to our funding opportunities, which will promote the expression of diverse perspectives, approaches, and experiences, including those of underrepresented groups. 

Please visit Brain Canada’s funding opportunities page for further information.  

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

About Azrieli Foundation: 

The Azrieli Foundation has been opening doors, breaking ground and nurturing networks for more than 30 years. The Foundation focuses on improving the lives of present and future generations through education, research, healthcare and the arts. The largest public foundation in Canada, the Azrieli Foundation funds institutions and operates programs in Canada and Israel.