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Weston Brain Institute - Brain Health: Sleep 2023 Program

Opportunity NameBrain Health: Sleep 2023 Program
AgencyWeston Brain Institute
ValueUp to $1,200,000
Indirect CostsTBD
DurationUp to 3 years

Letter of Intent (LOI)

Notify SIRI of intent to applyAs soon as possible
LOI due to SIRI for full review06-27-2023
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review07-04-2023
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due to SIRI for mandatory review07-04-2023
LOI due at agency 07-11-2023

Full proposal (by invitation only)

Application due to SIRI for full review11-14-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review12-05-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due to SIRI for mandatory review12-07-2023
Application due at agency 12-12-2023

The Weston Family Foundation, through the Weston Brain Institute, aims to catalyze and scale science-based approaches to significantly improve the health and well-being of Canadians. There is growing evidence that making key lifestyle changes may reduce the risk of brain diseases of aging and slow cognitive decline. 

The Institute is pleased to announce the launch of a new funding opportunity. The Brain Health: Sleep 2023 program seeks to reduce the risk and/or slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases of aging by accelerating the development of healthy lifestyle approaches relating to sleep.

Disease Areas:

  • Alzheimer’s disease       
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Frontotemporal dementia          
  • Multiple system atrophy
  • Parkinson’s disease       
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy
  • Vascular contributions to the listed diseases (not stroke-mediated vascular disease)            
  • Prodromes to the listed diseases


For this program, the Foundation is only able to accept LOIs and Proposals from institutions (or individuals affiliated with and applying through or on behalf of institutions) that are Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) qualified donees located in Canada. Applicants may appear in any role on any number of applications.

  • Eligible Principal Applicants must be a researcher working in Canada at least 50% of the time and hold a position at or above the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent at a CRA qualified donee institution located in Canada.
  • Co-applicants must be at the post-doctoral level or above and working at a CRA qualified donee institution located in Canada.
  • Collaborators must be at the post-doctoral level or above and can be working outside of Canada. The Foundation highly encourages collaboration within the research community and across multiple disciplines. Applicants should consider collaborations where possible to maximize the impact of their project. Proposals submitted to this Program must be approved by the institution on whose behalf or through which the Proposal is being submitted. However, LOIs do not need to be approved in this manner.

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to contact Sherri Kogan,, SIRI specialist, as soon as possible.

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