Current Funding Opportunities

Brain Changes Initiative Award for Traumatic Brain Injury

In partnership with Brain Changes Initiative and Branch Out Neurological Foundation, Brain Canada is pleased to launch the Brain Changes Initiative Award for Traumatic Brain Injury.

This funding opportunity encourages innovative, unorthodox, and exploratory research with potential for significant impact on our understanding of brain recovery after.

With an overall envelope of $50,000 CAD to support one grant over one year, the purpose of this funding opportunity is to improve our understanding of the potential for nonpharmacological interventions to improve brain recovery after injury.

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, which will promote the expression of diverse perspectives, approaches, and experiences, including people of racialized ethnicities and underrepresented groups.

Applicants must submit a Registration Form to be eligible to submit a Full Application.

Click here to view the Request for Applications

Deadline for receipt of Registration Forms: January 20, 2023 at 5 p.m. ET

Deadline for receipt of Full Applications: April 21, 2023 at 5 p.m. ET

For more information, or if you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Branch Out Neurological Foundation at research@branchoutfoundation.com

Deadline for receipt of Registration Forms:

January 20, 2023

05:00 pm ET

Deadline for receipt of Full Applications:

April 21, 2023

05:00 pm ET

2022 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research

Brain Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the 2022 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program.

This funding opportunity is meant to encourage innovative, unorthodox, and exploratory research that may be in the early and conceptual stages of project development but has potential for significant impact on our understanding of the brain. Open to early-career investigators within five years of starting their first independent research position, the 2022 competition has an overall funding envelope of $2,500,000 to support up to 25 grants of $100,000 over two 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, which will promote the expression of diverse perspectives, approaches, and experiences, including those of underrepresented groups.

Click here to view the Request for Applications

Deadline for receipt of Letter of Intent: January 16, 2023 at 5 p.m. ET

Deadline for receipt of Full Applications: April 6, 2023 at 5 p.m. ET

For more information, or if you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Brain Canada at futureleaders@braincanada.ca.

Deadline for receipt of Letter of Intent:

January 16, 2023

05:00 pm ET

Deadline for receipt of Full Applications:

April 6, 2023

05:00 pm ET

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Turnbull-Tator Award in Spinal Cord Injury and Concussion Research

Brain Canada is pleased to be partnering once again with the Barbara Turnbull Foundation for Spinal Cord Research to support discoveries that aim to improve the lives of those impacted by injuries to the spinal cord and brain.

The 2022 Turnbull-Tator Award aims to recognize an outstanding publication by an independent 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.

Recognizing the important need to build capacity in these fields, the funds awarded through this Award will be utilized to support the salary/ stipend of full-time graduate student(s) or postdoctoral fellow(s) conducting research in the recipient’s laboratory and contributing to the continuation of the excellent research exemplified by the awarded publication.

Click here to view the Request for Application

Deadline for receipt of Applications: November 30, 2022 at 16:00 ET

Application deadline

November 30, 2022

04:00 pm ET

CQDM’s Quantum Leap pharma-led funding program for drug discovery research

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.

For more details, please email CQDM at appliquez-apply@cqdm.org and visit their website here.

Deadline to participate in the next selection round is November 17, 2022.

Application deadline

November 17, 2022

11:59 pm ET

Alzheimer’s Society Research Program (ASRP)

Brain Canada is pleased to be partnering with Alzheimer Society of Canada on the Alzheimer’s Society Research Program (ASRP) to support Canadian studies that promise new insights into causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The grant with available funding from Brain Canada is:

  • The ASRP New Investigator Operating Grants: designed to help launch the careers of outstanding researchers who are within the first six (6) years of their initial academic appointment. Grants of up to $200,000 each will be awarded for a period of up to four (4) years. Brain Canada will co-fund up to two (2) successful applicants.

Click here to view the Application Guidelines

Deadline for receipt of Applications: November 4, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST

Application deadline

November 4, 2022

05:00 pm ET

ALS Canada-Brain Canada Career Transition Award 2022

Brain Canada is pleased to be partnering with ALS Canada to launch the ALS Canada-Brain Canada Career Transition Award 2022.

The intent of this award is for ALS Canada and Brain Canada to support a promising postdoctoral fellow or research associate working at a Canadian institution to transition into an independent faculty position contributing to ALS research. The award will be for up to three (3) years for a total of $250,000 CAD. Each year, ALS Canada and Brain Canada will provide a $60,000 salary and $20,000 research allowance, with $30,000 for research allowance in year three.

Evidence clearly shows that increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in research environments enhances excellence, innovation, and creativity. ALS Canada and Brain Canada are committed to excellence through equity, and we encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply to our funding opportunities, which will promote the expression of diverse perspectives, approaches, and experiences, including those of underrepresented groups.

Click here to view the Terms of Reference

Deadline for receipt of Applications: August 22, 2022 at 13:00 ET

Application Deadline

August 22, 2022

01:00 pm ET

Student Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Fuelling tomorrow’s brilliant brain breakthroughs

Supporting the next generation of brain researchers as they explore their passion for science and innovation will lead to a better and more brilliant tomorrow for all. Brain Canada believes that by sponsoring events and activities that are designed to inspire young leaders to dream big, we will be one step closer to unlocking the secrets of the brain.

To be considered for support from Brain Canada, you must:

  • Be a registered student at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Demonstrate alignment with relevant themes such as brain research and/or neuroscience
  • Offer opportunities for Brain Canada’s presence (marketing, community engagement,
    participation etc.)
  • Submit your request a minimum of 30 days before the expected sponsorship

Click here to download the request form and apply today!

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