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ALS Canada – Brain Canada Career Transition Award 2022

Research Admin Offices:

  • HRS

Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Grant


The award will be for up to three (3) years for a total of $250,000 CAD. Each year, ALS Canada and Brain Canada will provide a $60,000 salary and $20,000 research allowance, with $30,000 for research allowance in year three.


  • Health Sciences



Internal Deadline:

August 8, 2022

Sponsor Deadline:

August 22, 2022


The vision of ALS Canada is to achieve “a future without ALS”, and the vision of Brain Canada is “Bold science for brain health”. To build momentum for continued pursuance of new treatments and a better understanding of the disease through the end of the decade and beyond, it is imperative that promising young investigators are nurtured into a career focused on ALS research. This program will identify and engage rising stars pursuing innovative research in labs and academic institutions in Canada. This award has the long-term goal of developing the next generation of scientists across various disciplines within basic and clinical sciences, contributing to knowledge generation and translation in ALS.

To fulfil this mission, ALS Canada and Brain Canada will provide a three (3) year award to support a talented young investigator to pursue advanced research and transition into a junior faculty position at a Canadian institution. The expectation is that this additional training will allow award recipients to increase their knowledge and skills, thereby enhancing continuation of their career in ALS-related research and improving their competitiveness for a junior faculty position in Canada. Successful candidates will expand their research horizons and develop independence to become a leader in the field in a manner that sets them apart from their mentor(s).


  • The intent of this award is for ALS Canada and Brain Canada to support a promising postdoctoral fellow or Research Associate working at a Canadian institution to transition into an independent position contributing to ALS research. By the time of the funding start date, the applicant should be ready to transition within the next 2-3 years.
  • The applicant must have a PhD; applicants with an MD are also eligible but need to explain why, based on their project and future career plans, the Clinical Research Fellowship is not the appropriate avenue to seek support from ALS Canada and Brain Canada.
  • The postdoctoral portion may be carried out in the individual’s current institution, or another institution approved by ALS Canada and Brain Canada. Non-Canadian citizens or permanent residents training in Canadian labs are eligible to apply, but if awarded, would need to demonstrate they are eligible to work/study in Canada for the duration of the requested funding.
  • All applicants will have demonstrated contributions to research which may or may not have related directly to ALS but proposed future training must be ALS-related.
  • The applicant, either at the postdoctoral or Research Associate level, must demonstrate clear evidence of independent research, showing intellectual contributions to research through his/her publication and presentation record.

Application/Nomination Process:

  • Complete applications should be submitted via email to the ALS Canada Research Team, as a single PDF file.
  • Applications will need to be formatted using standard fonts (Calibri-11, Arial-11, or Times Roman -12), single-spaced, on a letter-size page with minimum margins of 0.5″/1.27 cm on all sides. The font size for figures and legends must be a minimum of 10 points. Use of a condensed font and spacing is not permitted. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure their submission adheres to these requirements and is received before the deadline.
  • Please submit your applications for review in the following order:
    • Cover page.
    • Letter from the applicant (limit 2 pages).
    • Scientific summary/abstract (limit ½ page).
    • Research plan (limit 3 pages).
    • Figures and Tables (optional, limit 1 page.
    • Budget for first year research allowance.
    • Curriculum vitae of applicant (no page limit).
    • Curriculum vitae of proposed supervisor (limit 4 pages).
    • Letter from the supervisor (limit 2 pages).
    • Additional letters of support (limit 2 pages each)


Additional Details


If applying from the Faculty of Health Sciences, unless otherwise indicated, you no longer need to send documents to HRS Intake. Your first point of contact is your assigned Senior Grants Advisor.