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Current Funding Opportunities

The Azrieli Foundation and Brain Canada are happy to announce the launch of the Early-Career Capacity Building Grant program. Supported by the Canada Brain Research Fund, the general purpose of the Early-Career Capacity Building Grant program is to accelerate novel and transformative research that will fundamentally change our understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction and their impact on health. The goal is to reduce the social and economic burden of neurological and mental health problems by prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment.

Click here to view the Request for Application

Deadline for receipt of Full Applications: April 17, 2018 at 16:00 ET

Recently Closed Competitions

Published on:
October 06, 2017

Brain Canada and Parkinson Canada are pleased to launch the Brain Canada – Parkinson Canada Platform Grant.

The Platform Grant is intended to support the development and maintenance of a large-scale Canadian Parkinson Network and Registry (CaPNeR) that is built on the foundation of the established and successful FRQS Quebec Parkinson Network, involving multiple provinces, in the field of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, as well as its operating costs, for a period of three years.

Letter of Intent Deadline: November 13, 2017, 16:00 ET
Full Proposal Deadline: March 30, 2018, 16:00 ET
Click here for the Request for Applications

Brain Canada and Kids Brain Health Network are partnering together and are pleased to announce a competition for training awards in developmental neurosciences co-funded by Brain Canada (through the Canada Brain Research Fund) and institutional sponsors. These awards will support predoctoral fellowships valued at up to $30,000 per year for a maximum funding term of two years and postdoctoral fellowship valued at up to $50,000 per year for a maximum funding term of two years. All awards include an additional $5,000 per year career development supplement. The awards will be made to outstanding predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows undertaking a program of research training that incorporates original research into the origins, early detection and effective treatment of disorders of brain development.

Click here to view the Request for Application
Click here to view the Instructions for Institutions
Click here to view a template for the commitment letter

Deadline for commitment letters: June 30, 2017, 16:00 EST
Deadline for applications: August 15, 2017, 16:00 EST

All reference letters must be sent to by 16:00 ET, August 15, 2017

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MSSC), Brain Canada and Biogen are pleased to announce a new and innovative research initiative to study disease progression in people living with MS in Canada. This multi-stakeholder partnership is a novel opportunity to support MS research with the intent to build a national cohort of MS patients. This funding opportunity has the overall goals of serving as an open access tool to stimulate continued MS research in Canada that will benefit the MS patient, research and clinical communities and serve as a resource and model for the study of other neurological diseases.

The competition will be structured in two parts:

  • Planning grant: Teams of investigators will first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to seek a planning grant that will enable them to appropriately plan and develop their full application. The planning grant will provide the team(s) with resources to establish a team of researchers that, in collaboration, will design the study and conduct a landscape analysis of current resources that could assist with the development of the cohort. The total funding envelope that is available for the planning grant is up to $250,000 (CAD) for 5 months.
  • Full grant: The work prepared with the planning grant will lead to the submission of a full application that will demonstrate the capacity of the team(s) to assemble a cohort of people with MS, collect data using a suitable database/infrastructure from the cohort and commence answering specific questions of this study related to progression in MS. Only one team representing multiple centers in Canada will be selected to receive the full grant. The total funding available is $6,590,000 (CAD) for up to 5 years (with the potential of additional funding depending on additional partners).

Please click here for the RFA
Please visit the MS Society’s MS Progression Cohort page for more information on eligibility, application process, and timelines.

The LOI application deadline is Monday May 8, 2017 at 16:00 EDT.

For any other questions related to this funding opportunity, please contact Dr. Karen Lee at

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.



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