Program updates for 2018/2019

May 4, 2018

Several major updates:

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative, Adjacent Fields: Canada. We are encouraging applications from adjacent fields (e.g. computational neuroscience, data science, engineering, etc.) through our Canadian funding programs (i.e. Rapid Response, Transformation Research and Early Phase Clinical Trials, Postdoctoral Scholars at Oxford), if these applications meet our other disease and project scope criteria.

  • Please contact Cristina Tang (cristina.tang@westonbrain.org or 416-967-7823) to discuss their eligibility and whether their project is in scope.

To provide more opportunity for Canadian PhD students to travel to and work in renowned research laboratories, we are our now accepting applications through the International Fellowships: Canada program on a rolling basis. Awardees will be notified of the award decision ~ 2 months after their application submission.

  • Applicants are encouraged to contact Matthew Sacheli (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.

Updates published March 29, 2018

Diet, physical activity, sleep and nutritional supplement interventions are now eligible for most Canadian funding programs. Transformational Research: Canada will run on the same schedule with the Rapid Response: Canada program, and both programs will be run approximately twice every 365 days.

  • As a pilot in 2018, certain complementary approaches (i.e., diet, physical activity, sleep and nutritional supplements) will be eligible for funding through the Rapid Response, Transformational Research and Early Phase Clinical Trials programs, if applications meet our disease and project scope criteria.
  • 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.

Important dates:

  • Parkinson’s & Related Diseases
    • Programs launch: May 4, 2018
    • LOI deadline: August 1, 2018
    • Award announcement: January 29, 2019
  • Alzheimer’s & Related Diseases
    • Programs launch: Sept 14, 2018
    • LOI deadline: December 3, 2018
    • Award announcement: May 22, 2019

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.