Weston Brain Institute: Rapid Response - Canada 2020 (Alzheimer's and related diseases)

Updated Information

New External Deadline: from March 27, 2020 to April 24, 2020
New Internal Deadline: from July 29, 2020 to August 13, 2020
New External Deadline: from August 5, 2020 to August 20, 2020


Weston Brain Institute


Rapid Response: Canada 2020 (Alzheimer's and related diseases)


Neurodegenerative diseases of aging are among the least understood and most under treated 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. 

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.

Continuing for 2020:

  • The budget of the Rapid Response: Canada 2020 program has been increased to a maximum of $300,000 over up to 18 months.
  • Expanding the type of complementary approaches eligible for funding to other lifestyle interventions including but not limited to: speech therapy, cognitive therapy, music therapy, social interaction, if these applications meet our other scope criteria and have specific supportive evidence/justification (from published literature or unpublished data) to warrant further investigation.
  • Encouraging applications that bring in other fields such as: AI, big data, machine learning, data science, and computer science.


Applicant Eligibility: Eligible principle applicants must be working in Canada at least 30% of the time at or above the level of post-doctoral 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, and/or select complementary approaches (Please refer to the Program Details for more information).

Preliminary data is not required for this program.

Maximum Project Value

Up to $300,000.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to 18 months.

Special Notes

Please refer to What We Fund for Institute definitions of neurodegenerative diseases of aging, translational research, therapeutic/tool, and complementary approaches.


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

External Deadline

The Institute will hold a Program Information Webinar for each disease focus, to provide further details on the program and answer any questions. However, if you have questions specific to your project, please contact info@westonbrain.org.

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

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

How to Apply

The application process consists of two stages: Letters of Intent (LOIs) and Proposals. To apply, applicants must submit an LOI to the Institute. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit a Proposal.

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

For more details on the program and application process, visit their website.

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

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 Parkinson's & Related Diseases program, please contact Rene Prashad.

Office of Research

Vanessa Knox, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x53429

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