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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 that advance the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging. 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.
NEW this year:
Projects can request up to $150,000 over up to 18 months.
Applicants must be researchers or postdoctoral fellows from institutions that are CRA qualified donees in Canada.
New for Rapid Response 2016: The Institute will have three application rounds, each focused on one of two disease groups:
Group 1 (Rounds 1 and 3): AD-related diseases (AD, FTD, MCI and prodromes)
Group 2 (Round 2): PD-related diseases (PD, PSP, DLB, MSA and prodromes)
* Projects focused on ALS should be submitted to the ALS-focused program scheduled to launch in Spring 2016.
**Applicants should apply to the category best suited to their project. Projects that have impact on multiple neurodegenerative diseases of aging should apply to the most appropriate program.
Proposed projects must fall into one of two categories:
Development of a therapeutic
Development of tools that help accelerate development of therapeutic
Round 2: PD-related diseases (PD, PSP, DLB, MSA and prodromes)
Submissions open: May 2nd, 2016
Application deadline: July 5th, 2016 2:00 pm EDT
Round 3: AD-related diseases (AD, FTD, MCI and prodromes)
Submissions open: July 12th, 2016
Application deadline: September 12th, 2016 2:00 pm EDT
Within each round of applications, there will be two stages to the application process:
An application for the Rapid Response program requires a Letter of Intent. Applicants with high potential projects will be invited to submit a Proposal; instructions will be forwarded along with the invitation.
The Weston Brain Institute held an online Program Information Session for Round 2 of this funding opportunity on Tuesday, May 24th at 1pm EDT.
The Institute welcomes inquiries about the Rapid Response 2016 Program or any of our other funding programs to firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-935-4056.