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May 16, 2017 - Huntington Society of Canada and Brain Canada Announce Second Recipient of the HD Clinician-Scientist-to-Patient Virtual Networks Grant Competition

May 5, 2017 - Prominent neurobiologist Dr. Samuel Weiss appointed Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction

May 3, 2017 - New program focuses on families of first responders impacted by PTSD

April 27, 2017

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

April 25, 2017 - Government of Canada and Brain Canada Foundation announce  18 new brain research projects

April 10, 2017 - Brain Canada: Statement on the expert panel's report on Canada's Fundamental Science Review

March 28, 2017 - $7+ million MS Progression Cohort to change the face of MS in Canada

March 24, 2017 - A research project originally funded by CQDM and Brain Canada leads to a new partnership between the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University (MNI), and Merck.

March 16, 2017 - Every Discovery On The Path To Cures Has The Potential To Improve Lives: A foreword by Inez Jabalpurwala, President and CEO, Brain Canada for the National Post Neurological Conditions campaign.

March 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

March 9, 2017

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

March 9, 2017

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

March 9, 2017

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.

February 28, 2017 - The Canadian Cancer Society and Brain Canada fund six new research projects

February 2, 2017 - CQDM and Brain Canada join forces again in the funding of two new research projects
to address unmet needs in brain research

December 19, 2016

Brain Canada is pleased to announce the “Brain Canada – Huntington Society of Canada Creating HD Clinician-Scientist-to-Patient Virtual Networks” informational teleconference workshop. This program will support multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator projects that connect clinicians, scientists and the HD community. Applicants are encouraged to participate in this teleconference workshop to help them consider collaboration with other neurological disease researchers.

The teleconference information session regarding this unique funding program will be held on Thursday, December 22nd from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (EST). Please confirm your attendance to the workshop at

here for more information.

December 16, 2016 - Ushering in a bold new era for open science

December 16, 2016

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.

December 9, 2016

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.

December 1, 2016

Brain Canada-Huntington Society of Canada
Creating HD Clinician-Scientist-to-Patient Virtual Networks
Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI)

Brain Canada and the Huntington Society of Canada are pleased to launch the “Creating HD Clinician-Scientist-to-Patient Virtual Networks” Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI). This joint initiative will support a three-year MIRI research project which connects clinicians, scientists, and the Huntington disease (HD) community, in a manner that can be demonstrated to create a collaborative HD Clinician-Scientist-to-Patient Virtual Network.

UPDATE: Brain Canada and the Huntington Society of Canada are pleased to announce that the funds available for the competition have been increased. The new overall envelope is now of $950,000 over three years allowing to fund one multi-disciplinary grant.

Call for Proposals: December 1, 2016
Workshop/ Teleconference Q&A Session: December 22, 2016
Full Proposal Deadline: February 2, 2017 16:00 ET
Click here for the Request for Applications
Click here to read a summary of the Teleconference Information Session

November 24, 2016 - Congratulations to Brain Canada's President and CEO, Inez Jabalpurwala, for being named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women 2016!

November 23, 2016

November 10, 2016 - Brain Canada and the Alzheimer Society of Canada are pleased to announce three recipients of the 2016 New Investigator/Career Change Grant

November 4, 2016 - This week's issue of the scientific journal Neuron features an article highlighting Brain Canada's approach and views on international collaboration and the future of brain research.

November 2, 2016


October 21, 2016 - We are pleased to share the abstract of a recent publication by one of our Bell Mental Health Trainees. Dr. Steven Connor received a Bell Mental Health Research Training Award in 2012 to support his work in understanding the cellular basis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). He finished the three-year project earlier this year and generated some exciting insights into how regions of the brain communicate, particularly in animal models of ASD.  This work was published in the prestigious scientific journal Neuron. Please click here to read the scientific abstract.  

October 13, 2016 - Huntington Society of Canada and Brain Canada Announce Recipient of the
HD Clinician-Scientist-to-Patient Virtual Networks Grant Competition


October 3, 2016 - October 2-8, 2016 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. To follow and learn more: @MIAWCanada #MIAW2016

September 13, 2016 - Brain Canada's President and CEO will be speaking at the Coordinating Global Brain Projects conference in New York City on September 19th, 2016.

Watch Inez Jabalpurwala, Brain Canada's President and CEO, speak at the Coordinating Global Brain Projects at Rockefeller University on September 19, 2016 (minute 3:21:18).

September 12, 2016

Brain Canada and Alzheimer Society Research Program 2017 New Investigator/Career Change Grant
Request for Applications

Brain Canada (with the financial support of Health Canada) and the Alzheimer Society Research Program will co-fund one New Investigator/Career Change grant in the amount of $60,000/year for a maximum of 3 years for the Quality of Life stream, and $75,000/year for a maximum of 3 years for the Biomedical stream. The purpose of this program is to support investigators pursuing or interested in pursuing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research.

Competition opens: September 12, 2016
Application deadline: 11:59pm EST, November 7, 2016

Click here to view the Request for Application and here to apply.

July 26, 2016 - Brain Canada and the Alzheimer's Association partner to fund Alzheimer's and dementia research in Canada

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Annual report 2016