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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.

Current Funding Opportunities

The European Union Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), a global research initiative with 30 member countries, has launched a transnational call for research projects on understanding the mechanisms of non-pharmacological interventions for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Together, Brain Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will support up to 3 projects (max. amount $333,000 per grant over 3 years). Brain Canada funds will go toward one project with a focus on Parkinson’s disease, and CIHR funds are available to support research relevant to any area of the JPDN call.

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

Click here for more information.  

Deadline for receipt of pre-proposals: March 1, 2022, at 6:00 a.m. ET

Deadline for full proposals: June 28, 2022, at 6:00 a.m. ET

Brain Canada is pleased to be partnering with ALS Canada to launch the ALS Canada-Brain Canada Clinical Research Fellowship. The fellowship aims to support the further training of a clinician to develop the skills necessary to become a specialist in ALS and promotes experience in clinical or fundamental research relevant to the field.

One fellowship of up to $200,000 for up to two years will be awarded through this funding opportunity.

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 we encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply to our funding opportunities.

Click here to view the Terms of Reference.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: February 25, 2022, at 13:00 ET

Published on:
December 01, 2021

Brain Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Platform Support Grants.

Open to investigators working in neuroscience research, this program will support new and/or existing major platforms that are accelerating research, providing access to specialized technology, and creating new data pools. This year, Brain Canada has allocated $15 million dollars to the Platform Support Grants program, to be matched by funding provided by sponsors secured by applicants.

Evidence clearly shows that 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 to register: February 7, 2022 at 16:00 ET

Deadline for receipt of Full Applications: April 22, 2022 at 16:00 ET

Recently Closed Competitions

Brain Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the Brain Canada Youth Mental Health Platform, powered by RBC Future Launch.

This new funding opportunity is open to groups of investigators working in youth mental health research and is intended to support the development, operation, and maintenance of a largescale national platform that enhances the sharing of centralized research resources to increase access to equipment, expertise, data, protocols, and more in the area of youth mental health, for a period of three years.

Evidence clearly shows that 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 to register: December 14, 2021 at 16:00 ET

Deadline for receipt of Full Applications: February 15, 2022 at 16:00 ET

Together with the Barbara Turnbull Foundation, Brain Canada is pleased to announce the 2021 Turnbull-Tator Award in Spinal Cord Injury and Concussion Research. In honour of the late Barbara Turnbull, this award aims to recognize an outstanding publication in the field of spinal cord and/or brain injury research (including concussion) in the last two years with a $50,000 prize.

Evidence clearly shows that 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 Full Applications: December 8, 2021 at 16:00 EST

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 are at advanced stages of development and 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 is thanks to Brain Canada and the CQDM.

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

Deadline to participate in the next selection round: November 18th, 2021

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

Brain Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program.

This new funding opportunity is open to early-career researchers within five years of starting their first independent research position. Through this program, Brain Canada will award 20 grants of $100,000 each to projects that successfully represent new lines of research with potential for significant impact on our fundamental understanding of the brain.

Evidence clearly shows that 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 to submit a Letter of Intent: November 16, 2021 at 16:00 EST

Deadline for receipt of Full Applications: February 16, 2022 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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