Brain Canada Foundation is pleased to announce the first in a series of new funding opportunities to arise from the additional $40 million in matched funding committed by the Government of Canada in Budget 2019. With funding to start in 2020, the 2019 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Grants Program will be formally launched on November 19, 2019, with a Request for Applications including detailed guidelines, eligibility criteria, and application components.

This Program aims to support early-career investigators conducting world-class research, which has been identified as a key priority for Brain Canada and the research community. In consultation with the broader research community, we recognize that early-career investigators often lack the preliminary data and resources that are required to obtain their first large operating grant. By providing early-career researchers with funding at this critical point in their careers, the objective is to build Canada’s pipeline of future leaders in brain research and a foundation of research excellence and innovation.

Briefly, the competition will be open to all new investigators, within five years of their first independent academic appointment, conducting research in the field of neuroscience (any discipline). Brain Canada intends to offer this program on a yearly basis, with $1M available for the first cycle of the program. Individual grants will be $100,000 over two years.

Following the release of the Request for Applications, interested applicants will be required to submit a brief Letter of Intent (LOI), providing an overview of the project they intend to pursue, by mid-December 2019. The LOI will be peer reviewed to select applicants that will proceed to the Full Application phase. The deadline for Full Applications will be in March 2020.

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