Rapid Response 2017: Canada

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*The deadline for submitting applications to the Rapid Response 2017: Canada program has now passed*

Neurodegenerative diseases of aging are among the least understood and most undertreated diseases today. If ignored, the social and economic costs of managing these diseases will continue to rise. Meeting these challenges requires pioneering approaches to accelerating treatments.

Now in its 5th year, the Rapid Response 2017: Canada program provides seed funding for high-risk, high-reward, translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

NEW for 2017:

  1. Projects may request up to $200,000 per project over up to 18 months.
  2. Applicants may appear in any role on any number of projects.

Program Overview

For more information, please refer to the Program Details and Request for Applications (RFA) documents for each program below.

Goal: To provide funding for novel, high-risk, high-reward, translational research that will accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

Funding: A maximum of $200,000 over up to 18 months per project.

Applicant Eligibility: Eligible Principal Applicants must be researchers working in Canada at least 30% of the time at or above the level of Postdoctoral Fellow, and affiliated with a Canada Revenue Agency-qualified donee institution located in Canada.

If the Principal Applicant is not appointed at the institution from which they are applying, they need to apply with a research supervisor (an “Administrative Supervisor”) at or above the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent, with an appointment at the institution from which they are applying.

Applicants may appear in any role on any number of LOIs.

Project Eligibility: Projects must meet two conditions to be eligible,

  1. Be translational research that helps accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging
  2. Be the development of a therapeutic and/or tool

Please refer to Funding Overview  for Institute definitions of neurodegenerative diseases of aging, translational research, therapeutic, and tool.

The Rapid Response program will have multiple calls per year, alternating between two different disease groups (outlined below). Applicants should apply to the group best suited to their project.

AD-related diseases:     PD-related diseases:
o   Alzheimer’s disease o   Parkinson’s disease
o   Frontotemporal dementia o   Progressive supranuclear palsy
o   Mild cognitive impairment o   Dementia with Lewy bodies
o   Prodromes to the above o   Multiple systems atrophy
o   Vascular contributions to the above o   Prodromes to the above
o   Vascular contributions to the above

The Institute encourages applicants to contact us at neuro@weston.ca or +1 (416) 935-4056 with any questions regarding this program, including whether a potential idea is in scope.

Application Process

There are two stages to the application process: Letters of Intent and Proposals. An application requires the submission of a Letter of Intent which will be reviewed by our scientific review committee. Applicants with high potential projects will then be invited to submit a Proposal. Instructions for submitting the Proposal will be forwarded to those invited in July 2017.

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Important Dates*

Parkinson’s and Related Diseases (CLOSED)


Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases (CLOSED)

2018 program opens: September 2017 2018 program opens: Spring 2018
 2018 application deadline:  December 2017
 2018 award announcement:  May 2018
        *Dates may change

Program Information Webinar

The Institute will hold a Program Information Webinar to provide further details on the program and answer any questions.

Parkinson’s and Related Diseases (CLOSED)

April 4, 2017 at 1:00pm EDT.

Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases (CLOSED)

June 12, 2017 at 1:00pm EDT.

The Institute welcomes inquiries about this program or any of our other funding opportunities. Contact us at neuro@weston.ca or +1 416-935-4056.

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