ALS Canada-Brain Canada Trainee Program 2018


ALS Canada and Brain Canada


The vision of ALS Canada is to achieve “a future without ALS”, and the vision of Brain Canada is “To understand the brain, in health and illness, to improve lives and achieve societal impact”. Both partners have a strong belief that it is crucial that promising young investigators are nurtured in the early stages of their careers, so they might strive to promote discovery and advancement. Attracting the brightest young minds to ALS research will contribute to a succession plan for the Canadian ALS research community and will nurture and support innovative ideas and compelling breakthroughs across the spectrum of brain-related disease.


General Eligibility

All applicants will have demonstrated contributions to research which may or may not have related directly to ALS, but proposed future research and training must be ALS-related. It is expected that all applicants will play a major role in a research project specifically related to ALS; the applicant’s role in the project must be clearly defined in the application. It is expected that such a study would lead to presentation(s) at a scientific meeting and/or publication(s).

At the time of application, trainees must be within the first 3 years (PhD students) or 2 years (Postdoctoral researchers) of their position; under the supervision of an investigator who holds an academic position at an eligible Canadian university;  who are carrying out research at an eligible Canadian Institution.

Please see 'Terms of Reference' on the sponsor website for more detailed eligibility requirements for this grant opportunity.

Funding Availability

Grant Details
•    A pool of funds in excess of $300,000 will be available for this program (exact amount TBD)
•    The distribution of doctoral, postdoctoral fellowships will be determined by relative merit of the applications
•    Each Doctoral Award would be funded at $25,000 per year for up to three years
•    Each Postdoctoral Fellowship would be funded at $55,000 per year for up to three years


Indirect Costs


Special Notes

Use of Funds
•    Funds may only be used as stipend/salary support
•    Funds may not be used for employee benefits paid by the host institution
•    Should the award/fellowship be terminated early, any unused funds must be returned to Brain Canada


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit complete application along with complete OR5 form signed by supervisor to:

External Deadline

Applicant to submit full application using Brain Canada’s electronic grant management system.

For more information, please see the Brain Canada Foundation website.

For Questions, please contact

David Taylor, PhD
Vice President, Research
ALS Society of Canada
393 University Avenue, Suite 1701
Markham, ON M5G 1E6
Tel: (416) 497-2267 ext. 202

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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