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Call for Collaborative Research Projects on the Brain

Research Admin Offices:


Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Award


The project’s budget must be between $500,000 and $2 million. Minimum 1 year, maximum 3 years.


  • Faculty of Social Sciences



Internal Deadline:

August 8, 2024

Sponsor Deadline:

August 15, 2024

Additional Dates:

  • NOI - ROADS - July 18, 2024
  • NOI - Sponsor - August 8, 2024
  • Draft Application - ROADS - August 8, 2024
  • Final Application - Sponsor - August 15, 2024


Brain Canada and CQDM are joining forces once again to support interprovincial collaborative biopharmaceutical research and development (R&D) projects on the brain. This partnership creates a unique funding opportunity that brings together experts from academia and industry to support the development of platforms, tools and biopharmaceuticals that will pave the way for new advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.

This award is intended for research teams with a minimum of two independent researchers, a principal investigator from a research institution in Quebec and an independent researcher from a research institution in another Canadian province. They must work in close collaboration with at least one Quebec small and medium-sized enterprise (SME).


Eligible Applicants:

•Investigators must be affiliated with and conduct research at an eligible Canadian institution, as defined by CIHR, for the full durationof the grant.
•The principal investigator must be based at a research institution in Quebec (university and affiliated hospital, research institute,public research center). They must work in close collaboration with at least one other independent researcher working in a researchinstitution in another Canadian province or territory, as well as with at least one Quebec small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).Please note: College Centers for the Transfer of Technology [CCTT] and public laboratories funded by the federal government (such asthe NRC) are not eligible to serve as the host institution, but team members and collaborators from these institutions may receive upto 50% of the total budget as sub-sites.
•Investigators must be considered an independent researcher at their institution. Such an individual normally holds the rank ofassistant, associate, or full professor; can initiate and direct their own independent lines of research as principal investigator; has fullresponsibility for running their research group; has full control of their research funds; and is permitted to supervise trainees (ifapplicable, as per their institution’s policy). Postdoctoral fellows or adjunct faculty are not eligible to apply.

Eligible Projects:

•Research teams must include a minimum of two independent researchers, one from a research institution in Quebec and one from aresearch institution in another Canadian province or territory.
•R&D projects with biopharmaceutical industrial impact applicable to neuroscience, including the conduct of clinical studies.
•The technology readiness level must be between 1 and 6 at the start of the project
•Socio-economic benefits must be generated for all of Canada and for the company partners involved in the project.
•At least two trainees (Master’s student, PhD student, and/ or postdoctoral fellow) must take part in the project.

Application/Nomination Process:

Additional Details.


For more information and how to apply, contact Beatrice Fletcher, Senior Advisor, ROADS.