Weston Brain Institute: Rapid Response: Canada 2019 (Parkinson's & Related Diseases)


Weston Brain Institute


Rapid Response: Canada 2019 (Parkinson's & Related Diseases)

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Weston Brain Institute Rapid Response: Canada 2019

Materials for Weston Brain Institute - Rapid Response - Canada 2019 (Parkinson's & Related Diseases)

  • Request for Applications
  • Program Details
  • LOI Sample


Seed Funding for novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Preliminary data is not required. 

New for 2018/19:

  • 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 the disease and project scope criteria.
  • Weston 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

The Institute has updated which tools are in scope. Please read Weston's What We Fund webpage before applying to ensure your project is in scope.

Maximum Project Value

Up to $200,000

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

18 months


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

External Deadline

Informational Webinar hosted by Weston Brain Institute. Register here.

External Deadline
LOI must be submitted to Weston Brain Institute through the online grants management system. Applicants invited to submit a full proposal after the LOI review stage is complete must immediately contact the Office of Research (research.services@uoguelph.ca) to communicate their invitation to the full proposal stage. 
Internal Deadline
Applicants invited to the full proposal stage must submit the full application and signed OR-5 to Office of Research (research.services@uoguelph.ca) a minimum of 1 week prior to submission 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

Weston Brain Institute
Matthew Sacheli - Research Programs Specialist
Email: matthew.sacheli@westonbrain.org
Phone: 416-967-7828

Office of Research

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

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