Call for Letters of Intent: CQDM Brain Canada Funding Program 2015


CQDM and Brain Canada


Focus on Brain Program - Development and Commercialization of Platform Technologies in Neurosciences

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Co-funded by CQDM and Brain Canada, the national funding program Focus on Brain aims at developing cutting-edge technologies, platforms or tools with immediate and strong impact on the R&D process of new drugs that prevent, treat or cure disorders of the brain, nervous system and special senses


Applications must be from a team of two or more eligible investigators.  At least one investigator from the academic sector is mandatory. Teams may include investigators from the academic sector only; however, since SMEs are well-placed to contribute industry know-how and to link the developed technologies, platforms or tools with potential users, they are considered to bring great added value to this program.

**Although not mandatory, collaborations between the academic sector and SMEs are strongly encouraged**

Funding Availability

Grants will be for a maximum of $500,000 per year for up to three years ($1.5M in total). The overall budget details must be clear and well justified. Depending on the quality of applications, approximately 3-4 grants are likely to be awarded.

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

This Program has a two stage application process.  Researchers are first required to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), and only applicants whose letter of intent is selected will be invited to submit a full project proposal.  

For successful project, the parties will have to enter into a research agreement. Prior to applying please read the Licensing Policy section related to Intellectual Property on the CQDM website.


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your Letter of Intent, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

How to Apply

Researcher will be responsible for submitting the LOI to sponsor in accordance with the sponsor’s instructions. 

Funding will be awarded following a two stage competitive process:

  1. Letters of Intent: applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the project to the Partners. 
  2. For those invited LOIs invited to full proposal the deadlines are as follows: INTERNAL DEADLINE to Office of Research, April 14, 2016 and the EXTERNAL DEADLINE to sponsor: April 28, 2016 by 5pm
For Questions, please contact

Marc Thibault
Director of Programs, CQDM
514-766-6661, ext. 2190 or visit

Brain Canada or visit

Office of Research

Meghan Grimes, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x54807

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