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Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research

Opportunity NameFuture Leaders in Canadian Brain Research
AgencyBrain Canada
Indirect CostsIneligible
Duration2 years

Letter of Intent (LOI)

LOI due to FSc RO at for full review11-15-2023
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review11-22-2023
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review11-27-2023, by 9:00AM
LOI due at agency 11-29-2023, by 5:00PM

Final application

Application due to FSc RO at for full review03-06-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review03-13-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review03-18-2024, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 03-20-2024, by 5:00PM
  • To accelerate novel and transformative research that will fundamentally change our understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction and their impact on health
  • To reduce the social and economic burden of neurological and mental illnesses through prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment

Projects should be distinct from other research projects conducted by the investigator. The research topic will focus on hypothesis-driven inquiries o the brain and nervous system, and may span the range of basic, translational, and clinical approaches, including: 

  • Basic research into fundamental properties and mechanisms, including functional studies based on the use of “-omics” data.
  • Projects related to disease or dysfunction of the nervous system leading to new insights into fundamental biological mechanisms.
  • Projects that experimentally test novel hypotheses addressing therapeutic or interventional approaches for brain disorders.
  • Projects aimed at developing novel methods, if these methods allow new neuroscience questions to be answered.
  • Projects, such as those using epidemiological, “-omics”, or other approaches, that will generate large datasets, if hypotheses are clearly stated. 


To be eligible for funding, the lead applicant must:

  • be located in Ontario
  • demonstrate their capacity to perform quality research and innovation activities
  • be part of:
    • a university or college
    • a research organization, institute or foundation
    • an industry organization or business
    • a non-government organization
    • a municipal or indigenous government or government agency

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at