Azrieli Foundation - Brain Canada: Early-Career Capacity Building Grants


Azrieli Foundation & Brain Canada


Supported by the Canada Brain Research Fund, the general purpose of the Early-Career Capacity Building Grant program is to accelerate novel and transformative research that will fundamentally change our understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction and their impact on health. The goal is to reduce the social and economic burden of neurological and mental health problems by prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment.

At the early stage of an investigator’s career, recently hired faculty are in a strong position to formulate innovative research projects that are “high risk/high reward”, but they often lack the preliminary data required to obtain their first large grant. This program provides an opportunity to develop new lines of research on the fundamental properties and mechanisms of the brain and nervous system, and gather such preliminary data.

Projects should represent new lines of research and be distinct from other research projects conducted by the investigator. This competition encourages innovative, unorthodox and speculative proposals. It also encourages early-career investigators to capitalize on existing platforms and data repositories to create innovative and sustainable research programs.


  • This opportunity is open to individual investigators in the early phase of their careers at a Canadian Institution, within three years of obtaining an independent research position by the deadline to apply. Periods of time when individuals were on family or health leave will not be included in calculating the three years.
  • Such an individual normally holds the rank of assistant or associate professor; is able to initiate and direct their own independent lines of research; has full responsibility for the running of their laboratories; has full control of their research funds; and is permitted to supervise graduate students. Therefore, postdoctoral fellows or adjunct faculty are not eligible to apply.

Funding Availability

This competition has an overall envelope of $1,000,000 to support 10 projects

Maximum Project Value

$100,000 per project

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

two years


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

Internal Deadline

PI to submit copy of application (with institutional signature page) along with complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

PI to submit application using Brain Canada’s electronic grant management system (

Please refer to the request for applications for additional details (

For Questions, please contact

Principal investigators should contact Brain Canada ( if they have enquiries about the application process.

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Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
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