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Funding Opportunities

Please visit this page on a regular basis for updates on grant and award competitions. If you have suggestions for funding opportunities that could be added here, please contact us, as this is not an exhaustive list. If you are an ICORD Principal Investigator or Trainee and would like any assistance with a grant or award application, please contact ICORD’s Research Facilitator.

Researcher Grants and Awards


Toyota Mobility Foundation Mobility Unlimited Challenge

The Toyota Mobility Foundation has launched its Mobility Unlimited Challenge to design and bring to market “the next generation of mobility devices for people with lower-limb paralysis” with the aim to “radically improve mobility and independence.” These devices should be co-created with people who have lower-limb paralysis, must include a business plan, and should challenge the status quo of existing technologies. Discovery Awards provide seed funding, finalists receive $500,000 each, and one finalist will receive $1,000,000at the unveiling of the winners in Tokyo in 2020.
Discovery Award deadline: February 7, 2018
Finalist application deadline: August 15, 2018


Collaborative Research Mobility Awards 

Collaborative Research Mobility Awards are intended to “build or strengthen collaborative research partnerships by enabling researchers to move between campuses.” The UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver award is offering up to $10,000 to be spent on travel, while the UBC and the University of Washington award is for up to $20,000. Direct costs of research are NOT eligible expenses.
Registration deadline: March 6, 2018
Application deadline: May 31, 2018


SPOR PIHCI Network – Knowledge Synthesis Grants 

The CIHR SPOR PIHCI Network – Knowledge Synthesis Grants “support cross-jurisdictional teams of researchers and knowledge users to produce knowledge syntheses or scoping reviews relevant to the priorities of the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) Network.” Full competition guidelines here.
Registration deadline: March 6, 2018
Application deadline: May 31, 2018


NSERC Create Program 

NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program “supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that encourage collaborative and integrative approaches” to addressing scientific challenges and help trainees become the next generation of researchers. For all UBC applicants, submission of a proposal for internal peer-review selection by SPARC is mandatory. Submissions can be directed to Alex Unterberger.
SPARC proposal deadline: March 13, 2018, 4pm
NSERC LOI deadline: May 1, 2018
NSERC full submission deadline: September 22, 2018


Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Psychosocial Research Grants 

The Craig H Neilsen Foundation’s Psychosocial Research program supports research that “addresses the interrelation of behavior, social, psychological and other quality of life factors that will benefit people living with spinal cord injury.” The goal of the program is to “develop sound data to inform and disseminate best practices that produce better outcomes, including quality of life, for people living with spinal cord injury and their loved ones.” Full competition guidelines here.
LOI deadline: March 23, 2018
Application deadline: July 13, 2018


CIHR SPOR National Data Platform 

The CIHR’s SPOR National Data Platform aims to address “major barriers and inefficiencies in accessing or using multi-jurisdictional/national data for patient-oriented research” and to “leverage unique Canadian assets enabling international leadership in patient-oriented research.” Research teams are required to contact SPOR SUPPORT UnitsSPOR Networks and SPOR iCT grantees. Full competition guidelines here.
Registration deadline: April 17, 2018
Application deadline: June 19, 2018


Weston Brain Institute Rapid Response: Canada 2018 

The Weston Brain Institute’s Rapid Response: Canada 2018 program offers seed funding to support “novel, high-risk, high-reward, translational research that will accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.” Areas of focus can include diet, physical activity, sleep and nutritional supplements and should address either Alzheimer’s and related diseases or Parkinson’s and related diseases. Click here for full program details and here to see a sample letter of intent.
LOI deadline: April 19, 2018, 11am
Proposal deadline: August 8, 2018, 11am


Wall Solutions Initiative 

The Peter Wall Institute’s Wall Solutions Initiative “supports innovative research projects aimed towards practical solutions to societal problems.” An active co-applicant community partner, tangible benefits to the community, and an emphasis on knowledge mobilization are required. Application by invitation only. Full competition guidelines here.
LOI deadline: May 1, 2018
Application deadline: August (TBA), 2018


Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Research on the Translational Spectrum (SCIRTS) 

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s Spinal Cord Research on the Translational Spectrum (SCIRTS) grants are aimed at “addressing gaps in the field and advancing novel approaches to improving function and developing curative therapies after spinal cord injury,” and it encompasses “mechanistic, preclinical modeling, translational and/or clinical research.” For more information, see the program guide.
LOI deadline: May 4, 2018
Application deadline: October 12, 2018


Collaborative Health Research Project (CHRP) Operating Grants

The Collaborative Health Research Project (CHRP) initiative, offered by the CIHR in partnership with NSERC and SSHRC, “supports innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects, requiring participation from the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community.” The CHRP places a strong emphasis on knowledge translation, training opportunities for trainees, and partnership between NSERC and CIHR researchers that leads to “health and economic benefits for Canadians.” Proposals must include at least one Principal Applicant from the natural sciences or engineering community, one Principal Applicant from the health sciences community, one knowledge/technology user (KTU) organization, one representative from a KTU organization, and one trainee. A KTU letter of support is required for all LOIs. For further information, see the funding opportunity announcement.
CIHR will be hosting a CHRP information webinar on Monday April 30, 2018 at 10:30am. If you wish to attend this webinar, please register here.
To see the CIHR reviewer scoring form or previous reviewer comments, contact Max.
Update: As of May 15, 2018, all applicants for CIHR grants are required to complete an Equity and Diversity Questionnaire. Click here for more information.
LOI deadline: May 29, 2018
Anticipated notice of decision: August 29, 2018
Application deadline: October 30, 2018


NIH Underactive Bladder and Detrusor Activity in Aging 

The NIH welcomes applications that “propose basic, clinical, or translational research on underactive bladder (UAB) and detrusor underactivity (DU) and its consequences in aging and in older persons.” Further subject matter guidelines can be found under “Scope of Research” in the full application guidelines.
FoM internal deadline: May 31, 2018
External deadline: June 5, 2018


Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research 

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is seeking applications in four targeted funding opportunities in the areas of alpha-synuclein biology and therapies, biomarkers of protein handling/autophagy, exosomes and lipids, GBA biology and therapies, and non-pharmacological interventions for gait and balance disturbances. The Michael J Fox Foundation places a strong emphasis on translational and clinical research, but also supports high-risk/high-reward discovery work. Application is by invitation only.
Pre-application deadline: May 31, 2018, 2pm
Application deadline: August 20, 2018, 2pm


Weston Brain Institute Transformational Research: Canada 2019

The Weston Brain Institute’s Transformational Research: Canada 2019 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases) program “provides funding for transformative, novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.” Click here to see the program details, and here to see a sample letter of intent, or register for a free webinar.
Free webinar: June 14, 2018, 10am
LOI deadline: August 1, 2018, 11am
Application deadline: November 12, 2018, 11am


Weston Brain Institute Rapid Response: Canada 2019

The Weston Brain Institute’s Transformational Research: Canada 2019 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases) program “provides funding for transformative, novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.” Preliminary data are not required. Postdocs and faculty are eligible to apply. Click here to see the program details, and here to see a sample letter of intent, or register for a free webinar.
Free webinar: June 14, 2018, 10am
LOI deadline: August 1, 2018, 11am
Application deadline: November 12, 2018, 11am


Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation Grants and Fellowships

The Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation has announced a call for applications for its Research Foundation and Education Foundation grants. Research Foundation grants support preclinical research, clinical studies, psychosocial and economic studies, HQP training, and the design of assistive technologies for people with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D). The Education Foundation supports community and consumer education, clinician education, research dissemination, conference organization, and the development of assistive technologies for people with SCI/D. To learn more, visit the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s website.
ORS deadline: June 26, 2018
Application deadline: July 1, 2018


US DoD Multiple Sclerosis Research Program Investigator-Initiated Research Award

The US Department of Defense’s Investigator-Initiated Research Award supports “highly rigorous, high-impact research projects that have the potential to make an important contribution to multiple sclerosis (MS) research and/or patient care.” Preliminary and/or published data are required for these grants, and clinical trials are not allowed. For further information, see the full grant description.
Pre-application deadline: June 26, 2018, 2pm
Invitation to submit an application: August (TBA), 2018
ORS full application deadline: October 8, 2018
DoD full application deadline: October 18, 2018, 8:59pm


US DoD Multiple Sclerosis Research Program Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award

The US Department of Defense’s Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award supports “initial exploration of innovative, high-risk, high-gain, and potentially groundbreaking concepts in the MS research field.” Preliminary and/or published data are not required for these grants, and clinical trials are not allowed. For further information, see the full grant description.
Pre-application deadline: June 26, 2018, 2pm
Invitation to submit an application: August (TBA), 2018
ORS full application deadline: October 8, 2018
DoD full application deadline: October 18, 2018, 8:59pm


NSERC Engage Grants

NSERC Engage Grants “are intended to foster the development of new research partnerships by supporting short-term research and development projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem.” An industrial partner is required. Full application instructions here.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


Weston Brain Institute Early Phase Clinical Trials: Canada

The Weston Brain Institute’s Early Phase Clinical Trials: Canada program supports “clinical trials and/or clinical trial sub-studies that could accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.” Applications with excellent preliminary data focussing on diet, physical activity, sleep and nutritional supplements are eligible. Please see the program details for further information.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


Weston Brain Institute: Big Ideas: Canada

The Weston Brain Institute’s Big Ideas: Canada program supports “a large-scale, pivotal project that will significantly and sustainably advance research in the field of translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.” Application is by invitation only, and LOIs are required. Please see the Program Call for further information.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


ICORD Seed Grantspilot tag (ICORD applicants only)

ICORD Seed Grants are designed to provide seed funding for novel research projects by Principal Investigators and Investigators within ICORD.
Deadline: Next competition will take place Spring 2018. Check back for updates


travel tagICORD Distinguished Visiting Scholar

The Distinguished Visiting Scholar program provides funding for established discovery scientists, clinical researchers, or clinicians to collaborate with researchers at ICORD.
Deadline: Next competition will take place Spring 2018. Check back for updates


travel tagInternational exchange award for ICORD Investigators (ICORD applicants only)

This award provides support to ICORD PIs and Investigators to pursue unique research opportunities around the globe.
Deadline: Next competition will take place Spring 2018. Check back for updates


Trainee Grants and Awards


travel+research tagsCanada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS)

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) program supports “high-caliber Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences abroad.” Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Alexander Graham Bell, or Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the master’s or doctoral level, or a Vanier CGS at the doctoral level. For further information, see the program website.
ORS Deadline: June 6, 2018
External deadline: June 11, 2018


Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program 

The CIHR’s Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, administered in partnership with NSERC and SSHRC, is “distinguished from existing postdoctoral fellowships programs by its emphasis on the synergy between an applicant’s individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career, and the host institution’s commitment to the research program and environment with which the applicant is affiliated.” As such, applicants are expected to apply in full collaboration with their host institutions. For further information, see the application guidelines.
ORS deadline: September 14, 2018
Application deadline: September 19, 2018


Mitacs Accelerate Awards

Through Mitacs Accelerate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities apply their specialized expertise to business-related research challenges.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


travel+research tagsMitacs Globalink Partnership Award

The Mitacs Globalink Partnership Award offers graduate students at Mitacs full and associate partner universities in Canada the opportunity to participate in a 16- to 24-week research project with an international industry partner located in any country except the United States.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


travel+research tagsWeston Brain Institute Postdoctral Scholars at Oxford

The Weston Brain Institute is accepting applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships at Oxford. Applicants are required to identify a host lab and potential supervisor at the University of Oxford prior to applying. These fellowships fund translational research that helps accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging. More information here.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


Granting Agencies

Canada

Brain Canada
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Heart & Stroke Foundation
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Mitacs
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Rick Hansen Institute
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Vancouver Foundation
Weston Brain Institute
Stem Cell Network
WorkSafeBC
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Parkinson Canada

USA

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
Grants.gov (NIH, Department of Defense, etc)
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation
North American Spine Society
CHDI Foundation

International

ERA-NET NEURON
International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia
International Progressive MS Alliance
Spinal Research
Wings for Life

Resources

Office of Research Services, University of British Columbia
Faculty of Medicine Funding Opportunities, University of British Columbia
ResearchNet