Brain Canada and Heart & Stroke are pleased to officially launch the Heart-Brain Connection IMPACT Award, a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, integrative research competition that will investigate the complex interactions between the heart and the brain by leveraging the power of collaboration and innovation in Canada’s research community. This new funding opportunity will bring together researchers across biomedical, clinical, health services, and social, cultural, environmental and population health fields to generate new knowledge and meaningful action that will directly benefit people in Canada.

The Heart-Brain Connection IMPACT Award will offer grants of up to $2.9 million each, to two Canadian research teams to drive discovery and exploration, and to build long-term capacity in heart and brain vascular research. Interested applicants will first be required to register a team by April 8, 2021, and then submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), providing an overview of the project they intend to pursue, by May 13, 2021. The LOI will be peer reviewed and select applicants will be invited to proceed to the Full Application phase. Teams invited to this next phase will be given a planning grant of up to $10,000, with approved budget justification, to develop their Full Application. The deadline for Full Applications is August 26, 2021.

Brain Canada and Heart & Stroke are committed to making equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) an integral component of the Heart-Brain Connection IMPACT Award competition. EDI principles must be integrated and applied to team assembly, research design, methods, analysis and interpretation, and dissemination of research findings. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this funding opportunity.

Please refer to the Competition Guidelines for additional details.