Rapid Response 2015

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Neurodegenerative Diseases of Aging

The prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases of aging is high and growing rapidly. The Rapid Response program was created to catalyze and jumpstart the development of safe and effective treatments for these diseases. The program provides short-term grants as seed funding for novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects. Proposed projects may relate to any disease; however, the basis for selection will be on the potential impact of the project on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

Funding and Eligibility

Projects can request up to $150,000 over up to 12-18 months.

Applicants must be researchers or postdoctoral fellows from institutions that are CRA qualified donees in Canada.

Proposed projects must fall into one of two categories:

  1. Development of a therapeutic.  For example, drugs (including small molecules, biologics, cell therapies and vaccines), medical devices or surgical intervention
  2. Development of tools that help accelerate development of therapeutics.  For example, animal models, imaging techniques or reagents, biomarkers, and diagnostics

Please refer to our Program Details for more information on this opportunity.

Application Process

Program Information Session:        Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline:       Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Proposal Deadline:                                Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Anticipated Award Notification:     October 2015

*Dates may change

There are two stages to the application process:

    1. Letters of Intent
    2. Proposals

An application for the Rapid Response program requires a Letter of Intent, and applicants will receive feedback from our scientific review committee.  Applicants with high potential projects will be invited to submit a Proposal; instructions will be forwarded along with the invitation in August 2015.

Request for Applications (RFA)

Program Details

Letter of Intent

A sample of the Proposal template is available here. Please note that the format and questions in the Proposal template are subject to change before the Proposal invitations so the template should be used only as an indicator of the expectations at the Proposal stage.

Program Information Session

To join the interactive information session conference call (Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EDT) please register here.

The Institute welcomes inquiries about this request for applications or any of our other funding opportunities. We would be pleased to hear from you at either neuro@weston.ca or 416-935-4056.