Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Grants Program 2019


Brain Canada Foundation

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the program's websites for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


Brain Canada Foundation is pleased to announce the first in a series of new funding opportunities to arise from the additional $40 million in matched funding committed by the Government of Canada in Budget 2019.

This Program aims to support early-career investigators conducting world-class research, which has been identified as a key priority for Brain Canada and the research community. In consultation with the broader research community, the sponsor recognizes that early-career investigators often lack the preliminary data and resources that are required to obtain their first large operating grant. By providing early-career researchers with funding at this critical point in their careers, the objective is to build Canada's pipeline of future leaders in brain research and a foundation of research excellence and innovation.

Brain Canada intends to offer this program on a yearly basis.


• This competition is open to early-career researchers within five years of starting their first independent research position by the deadline to submit Full Applications. Leaves of absence (e.g. maternity and parental leave, sick leave, etc.) will not be included in calculating the five-year window.

• Investigators must be conducting research at a Canadian institution for the entire duration of the award, and academic appointments must have started by the deadline for application submission.

• Researchers must be considered an independent researcher at their institution. Such an individual normally holds the rank of assistant or associate professor; can initiate and direct their own independent lines of research as principal investigator; has full responsibility for running their laboratories; has full control of their research funds; and is permitted to supervise graduate students. Postdoctoral fellows or adjunct faculty are not eligible to apply.

• Applicants must be able to devote a minimum of 75% of their time to research activities; Clinical service, teaching and/or administrative activities may take up to a maximum of 25% of applicant’s time for the duration of the award.

• Research applications may be related but cannot be identical to any other currently funded projects. It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify Brain Canada immediately should substantial overlap arise from new funding awards during the application and review process of this competition.

• Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent in order to be eligible to submit a Full Application.

• Recipients of the Azrieli Foundation-Brain Canada 2018 Early-Career Capacity Building Grants competition are not eligible to apply.

Funding Availability

$1 million for the first cycle of program

Maximum Project Value

$100,000 per individual grant

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

2 years


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

External Deadline

Letter of Intent:  Applicant to submit Letter of Intent to Brain Canada via email (futureleaders@braincanada.ca)​.  Letter of Intent Form is available in 'File Attachments'

Please refer to the Request for Applications for additional details (https://braincanada.ca/for-researchers/).

Internal Deadline

Application:  Applicant to submit a copy of application with signature page along with a complete OR5 form to: research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

Application: Applicant must submit full application  using Brain Canada’s electronic grant management system – SmartSimple (https://braincanada.smartsimple.ca/s_Login.jsp).​

Please refer to the Request for Applications for additional details (https://braincanada.ca/for-researchers/).

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).


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For Questions, please contact

For more information, contact futureleaders@braincanada.ca.

Office of Research

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

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