Weston Brain Institute: Rapid Response - Canada 2019 (Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases)

Updated Information

Please note the deadlines for this opportunity have changed:

External deadline, Program Informational Session - changed from October 16, 2018 to February 27, 2019
External deadline, LOI submission - changed from December 3, 2018 to April 1, 2019
Internal deadline - changed from March 21, 2019 to July 23, 2019
External deadline, full proposals - changed from March 28, 2019 to July 30, 2019


Weston Brain Institute (WBI)


Rapid Response: Canada 2019 (Alzheimer's and Related Diseases)

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Rapid Response: Canada 2019 (Alzheimer's and Related Diseases)


Neurodegenerative diseases of aging are among the least understood and most undertreated diseases today. If ignored, the social and economic costs of managing these diseases will continue to rise. Meeting these challenges requires pioneering approaches to accelerating treatments. The Rapid Response: Canada program is seed funding. Preliminary data is not required

Goal: To provide seed funding for novel, high-risk, high-reward, translational research that will accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
New for 2019:
  • Certain complementary approaches (i.e., diet, physical activity, sleep and nutritional supplements) will be eligible for funding through the Rapid Response program, if applications meet WBI's disease and project scope criteria.​
  • WBI encourages applications that bring in expertise, technologies or approaches in the following areas to advance the development of therapeutics and tools for neurodegenerative diseases of aging: artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, data science, computer science, medicinal chemistry, biostatistics and engineering


Applicant Eligibility: Eligible Principal Applicants must be working in Canada at least 30% of the time at or above the level of Postdoctoral researcher, and be affiliated with a Canada Revenue Agency-qualified donee institution located in Canada. Co-Applicants/Collaborators must be at the post-doctoral level or above and can be working outside Canada.

If the Principal Applicant is not appointed at the institution from which they are applying, they need to apply with a research supervisor (an “Administrative Supervisor”) who is at or above the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent, with an appointment at the institution from which they are applying.

Applicants may appear in any role on any number of projects.

Project Eligibility: Projects must meet two conditions to be eligible:

  • Be translational research that helps accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging
  • Be the development of a therapeutic and/or tool

*Preliminary data is not required for this program

Funding Availability

The Institute is able to fund many grants through this program, and historically has not turned down Proposals due to the lack of funding. Grants are contingent on the receipt of high quality applications.

Maximum Project Value

Up to $300,000

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to 18 months

Special Notes

Please read Weston's What We Fund page before applying to determine if your project is in scope.


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

External Deadline

Weston Brain Institute will be hosting a Program Informational Session on February 27, 2019. The webinar is intended to provide potential applicants with comprehensive information on the listed programs, the application process, and an opportunity for open questions regarding the Rapid Response: Canada 2019 and the Transformational Research: Canada 2019 (Alzheimer’s & Related Diseases) programs. Register Here.

External Deadline

LOI must be submitted directly to Weston Brain Institute through the online grants management system.

Internal Deadline

Applicants invited to submit a full proposal after the LOI review stage will be notified by Weston Brain Institute. Applicants invited to the Full Proposal stage must submit a copy of their full proposal draft, including budget and signed OR-5, to the Office of Research Services (research.services@uoguelph.ca) a minimum of one-week prior to the deadline to submit a full proposal to Weston Brain Institute. 

External Deadline

Applicants invited to submit full proposals, must do so by submitting directly to Weston Brain Institute through the online grants management system.

How to Apply

Register as a user for the Weston Brain Institute Grant Management System. This system allows researchers to apply for various funding programs, follow the status of applications, submit any post-award information, review assigned applications and communicate with Weston.

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).


For Questions, please contact

The Institute encourages applicants to contact them with any questions regarding the program, including whether a potential idea is in scope

For questions related specifically to the Alzheimer's & Related Diseases, please contact Rene Prashad 

Office of Research

Amy Bossaer, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x58613

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