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Healthy Aging

Brain Health 2021

Lifestyle Approaches and Microbiome Contributions

Deadline: November 25, 2020

The program seeks to increase the number of Canadians maintaining better brain health throughout their lives. This program aims to advance the treatment (e.g., symptomatic relief, disease modification) and/or prevention of neurodegenerative diseases of aging by accelerating the development and implementation of lifestyle approaches and/or identifying the contribution of the microbiome.

*The deadline for submitting applications to the Brain Health: 2021 – Lifestyle Approaches and Microbiome Contributions program has now passed*

Program Overview

Goal: To accelerate the development of lifestyle approaches and an understanding of the contributions of the microbiome in maintaining brain health starting in midlife.

Funding: Up to $1.5 million per project over up to 3 years.

Applicant Eligibility: Principal Applicants must be a researcher working in Canada at least 30% of the time and hold a position at or above the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent. Co-applicants and Collaborators must be at the post-doctoral level or above and can be working outside Canada.

Project Eligibility: Eligible projects can be Research Questions or Implementation Initiatives.

Research Questions: Hypothesis-based questions that help accelerate the development of lifestyle approaches or microbiome contributions to brain health.

Application Process

The application process consists of two stages:

  • Letters of Intent (LOIs)
  • Proposals

To apply, applicants must submit an LOI to the Foundation. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit a Proposal. Each LOI and Proposal is peer-reviewed by a scientific review committee.

Important dates

Online applications open: August 5, 2020
LOI deadline: November 25, 2020
Proposal deadline: April 15, 2021
Anticipated award notification: July 2021

Program Information Webinar

The Foundation will hold two Program Information Webinars to provide further details on the program and answer any questions. However, if you have questions specific to your project (e.g., project scope), we encourage you to contact us directly.

Webinar #1: September 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET – Webinar has passed
Webinar #2: October 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET – Webinar has passed