Kids Brain Health Network: Strategic Investment Fund 2021 Requests for Applications


Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN)

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the Kids Brain Health Network website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN) has officially launched the Strategic Investment Fund - a new initiative that will support new evidence-based projects that demonstrate a strong, near-term potential to bring impact to communities in several areas.  The expected outputs of these projects could include, but are not limited to, changes in practice or policy, advancing new technologies or establishing new applications for existing technologies, and expanding or scaling direct supports for children and families. This funding opportunity will provide funds and leverage support from engaged Health and Community organizations to bring near-term impact for children and youth.

This competition will involve a two-stage application and review process. All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) that will be ranked according to established criteria by an independent panel of experts assembled for this purpose. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application that will be adjudicated by KBHN’s Research Management Committee.


The Nominated Principal Investigator must be eligible to receive NCE funds (consult the NCE Program Guide for information on eligibility). However, the Principal Investigator and/or Co-Principal Investigator may be from a partner organization.

The proposed research must:

  • advance innovative solutions that improve outcomes for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families in at least one of KBHN’s key focus areas; and
  • engage families and/or individuals with lived experience in the design, conduct, analysis and/or dissemination of the research; and
  • involve knowledge user partners in either the private or public sector who are well-positioned to adopt and implement the research outputs.

Maximum Project Value

$100,000 per year from KBHN

Project Duration

Up to two years

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


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

External Deadline

Letter of Intent: NPA to email LOI directly to sponsor at

Only one (1) Letter of Intent may be submitted by an individual Nominated Principal Investigator/Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator. The LOI must include the following:

  • Project team: Nominated PI and/or PI, Co-PIs, co-applicants, collaborators, partners, stakeholders
  • Lay Summary (200 words maximum)
  • Research Proposal (3.5-pages maximum) that includes information on the following:
    • The specific need/problem that the research addresses
    • The current state of knowledge/evidence for the proposed solution
    • The research objectives, methods and evaluation plan
    • The strength of the project team and how it is positioned to adopt the research innovation into practice
  • References
  • Letters of Support outlining contributions (scientific and financial) of key partners and stakeholders
Internal Deadline

Application if invited: NPA to submit a copy of application and letters of support along with a complete OR5 form to

External Deadline

Application if invited: NPA to email application to KBHN at

See the full application stage requirements on the sponsor website.

For Questions, please contact

Contact Information
Phone Number
Phone: 778-782-7283

Office of Research

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

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