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Current Funding Opportunities

Together, Brain Canada and the ALS Society of Canada are excited to announce the continuation of their much-valued partnership with a $1-million Discovery Grants competition – launching today!  

The Discovery Grant Program is designed to fuel the innovation that will accelerate our understanding of ALS, identify pathways for future therapies and optimize care to improve the quality of life for people and families affected by this devastating disease.  

Evidence clearly shows that increasing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research environments enhances excellence, innovation and creativity. Brain Canada and ALS Canada are committed to excellence through equity and encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply to our funding opportunities.  

Click here to view the Terms of Reference.

Deadline for receipt of Application: July 5, 2021 (13:00 ET)

 All proposals that meet eligibility criteria will be peer-reviewed by a panel of international ALS experts in order to fund projects with the greatest potential to make a difference in creating a future without ALS. 

Together with the Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM), Brain Canada is pleased to share an upcoming funding opportunity for Canadian researchers. CQDM’s Quantum Leap pharma-led funding program for drug discovery research aims to support innovative translational biopharmaceutical research projects that have the potential to improve, facilitate and/or accelerate the drug discovery process and the development of safer and more effective drugs.

Projects selected as part of the Quantum Leap program focus on developing cutting-edge technologies with the potential to significantly advance the R&D activities of CQDM’s pharmaceutical members. Quantum Leap projects are executed in close collaboration and with the expert support and funds of pharmaceutical members.

Brain Canada is partnering with the Quantum Leap pharma-led funding program for drug discovery research on eligible brain related projects.

Please note: Budget structures can vary depending on each project, please contact CQDM to confirm eligibility before applying.

Please email appliquez-apply@cqdm.org

Funding for the Quantum Leap partnership has been made possible with the financial support of Health Canada, through the Canada Brain Research Fund, an innovative partnership between the Government of Canada (through Health Canada) and Brain Canada, and the CQDM.

Call for proposals are open year-round for Quantum Leap projects.

Deadline to participate in the next selection round: May 26th, 2021

Fore more information, please contact Jesse Paterson, Senior Director of Business Development at CQDM, at appliquez-apply@cqdm.org

Recently Closed Competitions

Brain Canada is pleased to be partnering with Alzheimer’s Association (ALZ) to jointly launch the Advancing Research on Care and Outcome Measurement (ARCOM) funding program, an international and collaborative competition aimed at addressing the significant measurement gaps in care and outcomes across diverse and underrepresented populations and stages of dementia.  

This program will provide an exceptional opportunity for Canadian researchers to join the international research community and contribute to an underfunded area of focus to help ensure care providers are implementing evidence-based practices and achieving desired outcomes. Through this partnership, Brain Canada is committing up to the equivalent of $750,000 CAD to Canadian-led teams who meet peer review recommendations.

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.  

Click here to view the Request for Applications. 

Deadline for receipt of Letters of Intent: May 5, 2021 at 17:00 ET 

Deadline for receipt of Full Applications: June 29, 2021 at 17:00 ET 

Published on:
March 04, 2021

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. 

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.

Interested applicants will first be required to register a team by April 8, 2021 at 16:00 ET

Deadline for receipt of Letters of Intent: May 13, 2021 at 16:00 ET

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.

Deadline for receipt of Full Application: August 26, 2021 at 16:00 ET

Brain Canada is pleased to be partnering with Bell Let’s Talk to launch the Bell Let’s Talk-Brain Canada Mental Health Research Program, a new funding opportunity to support novel and transformative research that will accelerate the integration of emerging scientific knowledge into developing and improving mental health care. The ultimate goal is the development of innovative solutions to ensure effective, sustainable, and accessible mental health care for all Canadians.

The Bell Let’s Talk- Brain Canada Mental Health Research Program will award grants of up to $950,000 each, over three years, to four Canadian research teams.

Evidence clearly shows that increasing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research environments enhances excellence, innovation and creativity. Brain Canada and Bell Let’s Talk are committed to excellence through equity and encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply to our funding opportunities.

Click here to view the Request for Applications.

Deadline for receipt of Letters of Intent: March 16, 2021 at 16:00 ET

Applications can be submitted through Brain Canada's electronic grant management system - SmartSimple (see RFA for details).

Deadline for receipt of Full Applications: July 6, 2021 at 16:00 ET

Brain Canada Foundation and the Barbara Turnbull Foundation for Spinal Cord Research are pleased to announce the launch of the second annual Turnbull-Tator Award in Spinal Cord Injury and Concussion Research

The Turnbull-Tator Award aims to recognize an outstanding publication by a researcher at a Canadian institution in the field of spinal cord and/or brain injury research (including concussion) in the last two years with a $50,000 prize. The award is open to all active investigators in any phase of their career, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows conducting research at a Canadian institution. Brain Canada and the Barbara Turnbull Foundation are committed to excellence through equity, and we encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply to our funding opportunities.

Click here to view the Request for Applications.

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: December 2, 2020 at 16:00 EST

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to have some information on your upcoming grant programs.

Please see the link for current funding opportunities.

Is a non-Canadian researcher allowed to participate on a grant?

Most Brain Canada funding is restricted to distribution in Canada.

However, if the matched funding or partner allows for fund disbursal in the US, then a non-Canadian researcher may be able to participate in a grant administered by Brain Canada.

We would like to acknowledge Brain Canada on our website. Could we have a high resolution version of your logo?

Please contact us to obtain a high resolution version of our logo.

Where can I view the results of the latest competition?

We do not post competition results until the awardees have provided the signed Notice of Conditional grant to Brain Canada. Results will be posted on the Brain Canada website.

Questions?

Email: info@braincanada.ca

Telephone: +1 (514) 989-2989

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