Transformational Research 2017

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*The deadline for submitting applications to the Transformational Research 2017 program has now passed*

The Weston Brain Institute is delighted to launch our Transformational Research 2017 program to fund high-potential translational research projects with excellent preliminary data.

Program Overview

Goal:   To provide funding for preclinical translational research that will accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

Funding:   A maximum of $1,500,000 over up to 3 years.

Eligibility:   Researchers at or above the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent working in Canada at least 30% of the time, are eligible to apply as the Principal Applicant. Collaborators must be at the post-doctoral level or above.

Scope:   Development of a therapeutic and/or a tool that helps to accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging. All the Institute’s neurodegenerative diseases of aging are covered by this program (see Funding Overview).

Clinical samples/data: Support includes projects that use clinical samples/data. However, conducting a clinical trial (e.g., testing a therapeutic or tool directly on patients) is not eligible for this program. Clinical samples/data can be from an ongoing clinical trial or from new patients recruited for this project. If the collected samples/data will be used initially for biomarker identification, this must be a finite process that is directly linked to a validation process in a well-defined clinical cohort (please refer to the Institute’s definitions for additional eligibility criteria).

(Revised) Dates:          Online System Open for Submission:      Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Program Information Session:                    Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm EST

Letter of Intent Deadline:                              Friday, March 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm EDT NOW CLOSED


Application Process

There are two stages to the application process:

  1. Letters of Intent
  2. Proposals

An application for the Transformational Research Program requires a Letter of Intent (LOI), and applicants with high potential projects will be invited to submit a proposal in early May 2017. Proposal instructions and feedback from our scientific review committee will be forwarded along with the invitation. Applicants may appear in any role on any number of LOIs.

Program Details

Request for Applications (RFA)

Letter of Intent template

To submit LOI Apply Here


Program Information Session

The Weston Brain Institute will be holding a third online Program Information Session for this funding opportunity on Thursday, March 9th at 1:00 pm EST. This session is intended to provide you with comprehensive information on the application process and to provide an opportunity for open questions.

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Important Institute Definitions

Please refer to our Funding Overview page for a complete list of:

  • Neurodegenerative diseases of aging as defined by the Institute.
  • Other definitions at the Institute, including an updated definition of Tools.

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 +1 416-935-4056.