Open and Upcoming Programs


Open (set deadlines)

Rapid Response: Canada 2019

Seed funding (up to $300,000 over up to 18 months) for novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Preliminary data is not required. 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. Cycles of this program will run back-to-back going forward.

Parkinson’s & Related Diseases (PD, PSP, DLB, MSA, prodromes, and vascular contributions to the listed diseases)
Note: The program dates have been extended. The deadline for LOIs is now May 15, 2019.

Program opens: Currently Open
LOI deadline: May 15, 2019

Alzheimer’s & Related Diseases (AD, FTD, MCI, and vascular contributions and prodromes to the listed diseases)

Program is now closed.

Transformational Research: Canada 2019

Funding (up to $1,500,000 over up to 3 years) for transformative, novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Preliminary data is not required. 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. Cycles of this program will run back-to-back going forward.

Parkinson’s & Related Diseases (PD, PSP, DLB, MSA, prodromes, and vascular contributions to the listed diseases)
Note: The program dates have been extended. The deadline for LOIs is now May 15, 2019.

Program opens: Currently Open
LOI deadline: May 15, 2019

Alzheimer’s & Related Diseases (AD, FTD, MCI, and vascular contributions and prodromes to the listed diseases)

Program is now closed.

In order to make it easier for applicants to plan their work and apply to us, the Transformational Research: Canada program will now run on the same schedule as the Rapid Response: Canada. Both programs will occur continuously and will run approximately twice every 365 days. Dates for these programs through the end of 2019 will be announced in a few weeks, and will not change.

Applicants can apply to the Rapid Response or the Transformational Research program depending on the specifics of the project (e.g., length, budget and preliminary data) and choose the disease stream that best suits their project (i.e. Parkinson’s & Related Diseases or Alzheimer’s & Related Diseases). Projects that span both disease streams are still encouraged, we just ask the applicant to choose the stream that best fits their project. Please note, as the Canadian programs will now be running more frequently, submission deadlines are unlikely to be extended once announced.


Open (rolling applications)

Big Ideas: Canada

The Institute is considering a large-scale effort that would provide ~$5-20m in support for pivotal projects to significantly and sustainably advance research in our field. With this call, we are seeking to identify highly impactful ideas for consideration.

Projects must have a significant and sustained impact on accelerating translational research on the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

This program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Of particular interest are ideas that will establish Canada as the world leader in a particular area. Applicants will be notified after submission of the next steps, which may include: Submitting a full application, discuss the idea further with the Institute, refine the idea in another LOI, collaborate on a shared project with other applicant, etc.

Questions or to discuss your idea: please contact Alexandra Stewart at alexandra.stewart@westonbrain.org or +1 (416) 967-7977.

Early Phase Clinical Trials: Canada

Funding (up to $1.5m for up to 4 years) for clinical trials and/or clinical trial sub-studies with excellent preliminary data.

This program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applicants may submit an LOI at any time and will be notified of whether to prepare a full Proposal within ~2 months of LOI submission. Please refer to the program details for more information.

International Fellowships: Canada

Support (up to $60,000 per awardee per year) for top Canadian PhD students to travel to and work in world-renowned international labs for up to 12 months, to further their translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

The Institute is pleased to announce that we will now be 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. Awardees will be notified of the award decision ~ 2 months after their application submission.

Postdoctoral Scholars at Oxford

Funding (up to ~$95,000CAD/£57,000, i.e. £44,000 per year + benefits for 2 years) for exceptional Canadian postdoctoral researchers to receive international training at the University of Oxford.

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. Please refer to the program details for more information.

Weston Brain Institute Follow-on Funding

Funding (up to $1.5m) to grantees outside the regular granting mechanism in order to avoid delays in supporting exciting, potentially high-reward work based on previous success for grants awarded by the Weston Brain Institute.

This program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Institute grantees may submit a 1-2 page project description at any time and will be notified of whether to prepare a full Proposal within ~2 months of submission. Please refer to the program page for more information.


For European programs supported by the Selfridges Group Foundation, click here.