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Weston Brain Institute Open Funding Opportunities - 2019

Tue. Feb. 5, 2019

The Weston Brain Institute is very excited to announce increases to the budget of the Rapid Response program (now $300k), expanding the eligibility criteria into other complementary approaches, and excluding the need for preliminary data for many of our programs (details below). These changes are reflected in the recently launched programs accepting applications.

Open Funding Opportunities

Rapid Response: Canada 2019 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases/ Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases)

Transformational Research: Canada 2019 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases/ Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases)

Big Ideas: Canada

International Outstanding Achievement Award 2019

Early Phase Clinical Trials: Canada

International Fellowships: Canada

Postdoctoral Scholars at Oxford

New Program Updates - 2019

1.       Rapid Response: Canada 2019 budget increased to $300k/project. 

2.       Transformational Research: Canada 2019 – No preliminary data is required and instead can be collected as initial steps in the grant.

3.       Complementary approaches such as diet, physical activity, sleep, nutritional supplements, speech therapy, and cognitive therapy, are now eligible for funding through most of the funding programs.  

4.       Encouraging applications that bring in other fields such as: AI, big data, machine learning, data science, and computer science.

Rapid Response: Canada 2019 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases)

Rapid Response: Canada 2019 (Alzheimer’s & Related Diseases)

Seed funding for novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Preliminary data is not required. 

Applications in this round must relate to one of the following disease(s): PD, PSP, DLB, MSA, AD, FTD, MCI, and vascular contributions and prodromes to the listed diseases.

Funding Available: Up to $300,000 over up to 18 months.

Project Eligibility: Project must involve the development of either a therapeutic, a tool, select complementary approaches, or a combination of above to help accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

Please see the Requests for Applications for Parkinson’s Disease & Related Disorders or Alzheimer’s & Related Diseases, or visit our website for more information.

Important Dates

Parkinson’s & Related Diseases:

LOI Deadline:

March 13, 2019 at 2pm EDT

Proposal deadline:

July 16, 2019 at 2pm EDT

Anticipated Award:

September 2019

Alzheimer’s & Related Diseases:

Program Information Webinar:

February 27, 2019 at 1pm EST (Register here)

LOI deadline:

April 1, 2019 at 2:00pm EDT

Proposal deadline:

July 30, 2019 at 2:00pm EDT

Anticipated award notification:

October 2019

Transformational Research: Canada 2019 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases)

Transformational Research: Canada 2019 (Alzheimer’s & Related Diseases)

Funding for transformative, novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

Applications in this round must relate to one of the following disease(s): PD, PSP, DLB, MSA, AD, FTD, MCI, and vascular contributions and prodromes to the listed diseases.

Funding Available: $200,000 to $1,500,000 over up to 3 years.

No preliminary data is required; instead it can be collected as an initial milestone with well defined, quantifiable go/no-go criteria. The structure of the project and budget should match the quality of the preliminary data.

Project Eligibility: Project must involve the development of either a therapeutic, a tool, select complementary approaches, or a combination of the above to help accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

Please see the Requests for Applications for Parkinson’s Disease & Related Disorders or Alzheimer’s & Related Diseases, or visit our website for more information.

Important Dates

Parkinson’s & Related Diseases:

LOI Deadline:

March 13, 2019 at 2pm EDT

Proposal deadline:

July 16, 2019 at 2pm EDT

Anticipated Award:

September 2019

Alzheimer’s & Related Diseases:

Program Information Webinar:

February 27, 2019 at 1pm EST (Register here)

LOI deadline:

April 1, 2019 at 2:00pm EDT

Proposal deadline:

July 30, 2019 at 2:00pm EDT

Anticipated award notification:

October 2019

Early Phase Clinical Trials: Canada

Funding for clinical trials and/or clinical trial sub-studies with excellent preliminary data.

Funding Available: Up to $1,500,000 per project over up to 4 years.

Project Eligibility: Project must involve the development of either a therapeutic, a tool, select complementary approaches, or a combination of the above to help accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

Please see the Request for Applications or visit our website for more information.

Important Dates

This program accepts applications on a rolling basis. All applicants will be notified of whether they are invited to submit a full proposal ~2 months after their application submission. Please contact Cristina Tang (cristina.tang@westonbrain.org) with questions.

Big Ideas: Canada

The Institute is considering supporting a large-scale, pivotal project to significantly and sustainably advance research in our field. With this call, we are seeking to identify highly impactful ideas for consideration.

Other lifestyle interventions are now eligible for funding if they meet our other scope criteria and there is specific supportive evidence/justification to warrant further investigation.

Funding Available: $5,000,000 to $20,000,000.

Eligibility: Submissions must:

1.       Have a significant and sustained impact on translational research to accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

2.       Be led by Canadian-based researchers.

Please see the Request for Applications or visit our website for more information.

Important Dates

This program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Please contact Matt Sacheli (matthew.sacheli@westonbrain.org) with questions.

International Fellowships: Canada

Support for top Canadian PhD students to travel to and work in world-renowned international labs for up to 12 months during their PhD, to further their translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

Funding Available: $60,000 per year, prorated at $5,000 per month to fit shorter travel and specific project needs.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants must be current PhD students at Canadian universities who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must be willing to travel to and conduct translational research on neurodegenerative disease(s) of aging while studying abroad in a world class laboratory.

Accepting applications for the International Fellowships: Canada program on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to contact Matthew Sacheli at matthew.sacheli@westonbrain.org or 416-967-7828 to discuss their eligibility and whether their project is in scope, prior to finding a host advisor.

Please see the Request for Applications or visit our website for more information.

Important Dates

This program accepts applications on a rolling basis. All applicants will be notified of the award decision 2 months after their application submission.

Postdoctoral Scholars at Oxford

Funding for exceptional Canadian postdoctoral researchers to receive international training at the University of Oxford.

Funding Available: £57,000 per year (£44,000 per year + benefits) for 2 years.

Eligibility: Applicants must be postdoctoral researchers who are normally resident in Canada, and plan to return to Canada to live and work upon completion of their postdoctoral position. They will have demonstrated outstanding scientific contributions, and will have the potential to be competitive for faculty positions in Canada following this postdoctoral position at Oxford. Further details apply.

We have expanded the type of complementary approaches eligible for funding to other lifestyle interventions including but not limited to: speech therapy, cognitive therapy, music therapy, social interaction, if these applications meet our other scope criteria and have specific supportive evidence/justification (from published literature or unpublished data) to warrant further investigation.

Please see the Request for Applications or visit our website for more information.

Important Dates

This program accepts applications on a rolling basis, until 2 positions at a time are filled. All applicants will be notified of the award decision 2 months after their application submission.