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Canadian Parkinson Network and Registry

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

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Brain Canada-Kids Brain Health Network Training Awards 
Developmental Neurosciences Research
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
here to view the Instructions for Institutions
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


Multiple Sclerosis Society | Brain Canada | Biogen MS Progression Cohort - Call for Letters of Intent

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

2017 ALS Canada‐Brain Canada Hudson Translational Team Grant
Brain Canada and ALS Canada are pleased to launch the 2017 ALS Canada-Brain Canada Hudson Translational Team Grant
The goal of the Arthur J. Hudson Translational Team Grant is to bring together researchers from across the country to accelerate therapeutic development by: 1) identifying and testing a relevant therapeutic target or candidate therapy and/or 2) addressing critical needs for early diagnosis and biomonitoring of clinical progression applied to clinical research.
Letter of intent due: 1:00 pm EST on March 24, 2017.
Applications deadline: 1:00 pm EST on June 30, 2017.
Please click here for more details

2017 Dr. Hubert van Tol Travel Fellowship

The Dr. Hubert van Tol travel fellowship has been created in memory of neuroscientist Dr. Hubert van Tol. The fellowship is open to all PhD students and postdoctoral fellows performing research as part of a Brain Canada grant. The grant is funded by the generous support of the Seger-van Tol family and Brain Canada (with financial support from Health Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund).  The student or fellow will be selected on a competitive basis by an expert committee established by Brain Canada. The committee will award the fellowship based upon the criteria outlined below.

Purpose: To allow PhDs and postdoctoral fellows to attend a major international conference/symposium or training course outside of Canada.

Number of awards: Two per year.

Amount of award: $5,000 per one award, $10,000 total.
 The fellowship will be awarded to the top applicant in two categories:
1) Post-Doctoral
2) Doctoral

Application deadline: May 1, 2017

Eligibility: Open to all PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows performing research as part of a Brain Canada grant.

For more information, please click here

Canadian researchers eligible for funding through the NIH BRAIN Initiative

In August 2015, the Brain Canada Foundation and the 10 NIH Institutes that are part of the NIH BRAIN Initiative announced a new partnership. As part of this partnership, Brain Canada will provide matched funding through the Canada Brain Research Fund.
In most of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs), foreign institutions have been permitted to participate either by submitting applications directly or as subcontractors in an application from a domestic institution.

Researchers are encouraged to visit the NIH BRAIN website ( to consult the individual FOAs, where they will find information about foreign institution eligibility. Researchers are also encouraged to contact the NIH program official for the announcements of interest, who can provide guidance and assess whether the project would be better suited to another opportunity. Two types of funding requests are available:

Supplemental Funding
NIH made a number of BRAIN Initiative awards in FY16 and many more are expected to be made in FY17.  Canadian researchers who are interested in participating in funded awards are advised to contact the Program Director/Principal Investigator of the NIH award to inquire if there is mutual interest in collaboration.  If there is interest, the Canadian researcher can apply directly to the Brain Canada Foundation for funding for the work to be performed in Canada. For each approved project with an added Canadian collaboration, funding and administration of the work performed in Canada shall be managed by Brain Canada.

Matching Funding
Canadian researchers who submit applications either directly or as subcontractors to the BRAIN Initiative awards should contact Brain Canada who will seek partners and provide grant support through the Canada Brain Research Fund.


Brain Canada is pleased to launch the “Open Neuroscience/Data Sharing” Platform Support Grant (PSG). This initiative will help support the development and maintenance of a large-scale neuroscience network as well as its operating costs for a period of three years. This competition is intended to bring together existing Canadian neuroscience platforms, initiatives and networks, in order to “hardwire” Canadian neuroscience and position Canada as a world leader in this area.
For this competition, there will be a single application. A working subgroup, led by Dr. Alan Evans, has the authority to write the application. If you are interested in joining the network or would like more information, please contact Marc Cuesta, Manager, Science and Programs at
Click here for the Request for Applications.

Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI)
Improving Health Outcomes and Quality of Life

Brain Canada is pleased to launch the “Improving Health Outcomes and Quality of Life” Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI). This initiative will support three-year MIRI research project(s) that address improving health outcomes, including quality of life, over a reasonably short period of time. This competition is intended to provide opportunities for unorthodox collaborations between multidisciplinary teams of researchers (including social sciences), clinicians, allied-health workers, carers and patients.

Call for Proposals: December 9, 2016
Letter of Intent Deadline: February 8, 2017 16:00 ET
Full Proposal Deadline: July 7, 2017 16:00 ET
Click here for the Request for Applications

Due to delays in the LOI panel review date, the deadline for the Full Application for this competition has been extended to the last week of July.
Please do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions.