Brain Canada – 2021 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research – LOI

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: Inquire within your unit

Memorial Deadline: No RGCS review required for the LOI

External Deadline: Tuesday 16th, November 2021


Supported by the Canada Brain Research Fund, the purpose of the Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Grants Program is to accelerate novel and transformative research that will fundamentally change our understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction and their impact on health. The ultimate goal is to reduce the social and economic burden of neurological and mental health problems through prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment.

Newly trained researchers in their first independent academic position are in a strong position to formulate innovative and impactful research projects. However, at the early stages of an investigator’s career, they often lack the preliminary data and resources that are required to obtain their first large operating grant.As such, promising early-career researchers are often at a disadvantage when applying to “open” funding programs, where more established researchers tend to dominate. This program provides an opportunity to develop new lines of research on the properties and mechanisms of the brain and nervous system,and gather such preliminary data.

The Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Grants Program has the potential to be transformative at a time when it is well recognized that there is a significant funding gap to support and retain our brightest early-career investigators, who are well positioned to make major contributions to Canadian brain research.By providing early-career researchers with funding at a critical point in their careers, we can build Canada’s pipeline of future leaders and a foundation of research excellence and innovation.

The 2021 competition has an overall envelope of $2,000,000 to support 20 grants of $100,000 each, over two years. Awards will be named after specific donors who are providing funding for this competition.

Additional information can be found here.

Funding Sources

Brain Canada Foundation

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: October 20, 2021