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Funding the very best Canadian neuroscience, fostering collaborative research and accelerating the pace of discovery, in order to improve the health and quality of life of Canadians who suffer from brain disorders.

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Recently Closed Competitions

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

Published on:
October 16, 2020

The Brain Canada Foundation is pleased to launch the 2020 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Grants Program. This program aims to be transformative at a time when it is well recognized that there is a significant funding gap to support and retain our brightest early-career investigators, who are well positioned to make major contributions to Canadian brain research.

Brain Canada is committed to excellence through equity, and we encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply to our funding opportunities. The Future Leaders competitions are open to all new investigators, conducting research in the field of neuroscience (any discipline). For the 2020 Future Leaders competition, due to the impact of COVID-19, we will accept applications from researchers who are within 6 years of starting their first independent research by the Full Application submission.

Click here to view the Request for Applications.

Deadline for receipt of Letters of Intent: November 13, 2020 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: February 10, 2021 at 16:00 ET

The Brain Canada Foundation and ALS Society of Canada are pleased to announce the launch of the 2020 Discovery Grants Program.

This 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. The competition is open to teams of multiple investigators and especially encourages multidisciplinary teams with individuals from outside the field who can combine their expertise in novel or innovative ways.

Click here to view the Terms of Reference.

Deadline for Application: September 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM ET

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR), and Brain Canada Foundation (BC) have committed a total of up to $2.4M over one year to jointly fund Spark Grants at up to $150K each, focused on Novel Technology Applications in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection.

Spark Grants will support the development of new partnerships and the exploration of highly novel concepts, involving researchers from any research area, and particularly from non-traditional cancer fields. Brain Canada, through the Canada Brain Research Fund, will support applications in brain cancer submitted to this funding opportunity.

Click here to view the Request for Applications.

Deadline for Abstract Registration: August 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET

Deadline for receipt of Full Applications: October 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET

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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