Brain Canada

The Canada Brain Research Fund

Increase Canadians’ support for brain research
and expand the philanthropic space for supporting
brain research to achieve maximum impact.

$185.5M in new funding
190 projects across Canada
800+ researchers
112 institutions

By the end of June of 2017,
the Canada Brain Research Fund had allocated $185.5 million in new funding to support 190 projects across Canada involving more than 800 researchers at 112 institutions.

About the Canada Brain Research Fund

The Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF), established in 2011, is a partnership between Brain Canada and Health Canada designed to encourage Canadians to increase their support of brain research, and maximize the impact and efficiency of those investments.

Brain Canada initially committed to raising $100 million over six years from private and non-governmental sources which is being 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, bringing the total fund to $240 million.

This visionary commitment by the federal government will ensure that Canada continues to be among the leaders in the global challenge to understand brain function and brain diseases. More than simply contributing public money to this vital cause, the matching nature of the fund is stimulating and rallying private donations and other non-governmental funders to support transformative brain research in areas of importance to the various donors on a scale never before achieved in Canada.

$120-million in commitments

Provincial Agencies

Private Donors

Corporations

Research Institutes

Institutions

Health Charities

$120-million match

Government of Canada
(Health Canada)

$240 M

$240-million *
Canada Brain Research Fund stewarded by Brain Canada

* Beginning in April 2016, up to 10 percent of government funding was reserved for stewardship of the fund

Team grants

Grants that bring together teams of scientists from different disciplines to advance collaborative research.

Platform
grants

Grants to sustain or enhance research platforms in areas such as neuroimaging and disease models to promote efficient sharing across research networks.

Capacity building grants

Grants for salary support, training and mentoring, and to convene the Canadian brain research community.

A specific grant may be a hybrid of more than one type of grant.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Minister of Health or the Government of Canada.