We invest in research that is focused
on outcomes that will benefit patients and families.
Our model is based on the principle of bringing together business and science to enable transformations at all the stages of the research process, from basic science to the translation of discoveries and their application to people.
By January 2018, Brain Canada had allocated $206.1 million in new funding to support 224 projects across Canada involving more than 900 researchers at 113 institutions.
Brain Canada funds all types of research:
And funds across all brain science:
International Peer Review Process
Our international review process is designed to:
- Reduce conflicts of interest which can result from a Canadian-only panel
- Allow us to benchmark against international standards of excellence and innovation
- Create a network of ambassadors and new connections for Canada
Brain Canada announces open call for researchers across Canada targeting research institutes, universities, hospitals and health charities. Interested teams are invited to submit letters of intent (LOIs) briefly describing their project.
The Letter of Intent
The LOIs are evaluated and scored by an International Peer Review Panel, benchmarked against global standards of excellence and innovation. LOIs scoring above a threshold and deemed meritorious are recommended to advance to the full application stage. Brain Canada provides feedback to all applicants submitting LOIs.
The Full Application
Invited teams submit full applications.
Full applications are evaluated and scored for excellence, innovation and impact by the International Peer Review Panel as well as external reviewers with subject-matter expertise (as required).
Full applications deemed excellent are recommended to Brain Canada and its partners for funding.
All recommended applications are required to provide proof of institutional approval for safety, ethics and animal protocols prior to funding release. Applicants must also describe how sex and gender is taken into consideration in their research project.
Funding and Monitoring
Grant recipients provide annual progress reports that are evaluated, and funding is released upon confirmation of satisfactory scientific progress and financial information.
Upon completion of the project, grant recipients submit a follow-up report to provide Brain Canada with a progress summary and feedback on the grant process.