Brain Canada and the BRAIN initiative

Summary

The 10 NIH Institutes that are part of the NIH BRAIN Initiative announce a new partnership, formalized by a letter of agreement, with the Brain Canada Foundation (Brain Canada) to support the involvement of Canadian researchers in the NIH BRAIN Initiative.

Brain Canada will seek partners and provide grant support for Canadian researchers through the Canada Brain Research Fund that provides a 1:1 match of funds raised from other sources.

The 10 NIH Institutes that are part of the NIH BRAIN Initiative announce a new partnership, formalized by a letter of agreement, with the Brain Canada Foundation (Brain Canada) to support the involvement of Canadian researchers in the NIH BRAIN Initiative.

Brain Canada will seek partners and provide grant support for Canadian researchers through the Canada Brain Research Fund that provides a 1:1 match of funds raised from other sources.

NIH Notice Number: NOT-MH-15-020

Web Information

Brain Cananda Foundation websitehttp://braincanada.ca/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/BrainCanada

Contact Information

Email: programs@braincanada.ca

Phone: 514-989-2989

Address: 1200 McGill College Avenue
Suite 1600
Montreal, Quebec
H3B 4G7

Contact person: Inez Jabalpurwala

NIH contact people:

Gregory K. Farber, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Telephone:  301-435-0778
Email:  farberg@mail.nih.gov

Ned Talley, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Telephone:  301-496-1917
Email:  talleye@mail.nih.gov

Purpose

The 10 NIH Institutes that are part of the NIH BRAIN Initiative announce a new partnership, formalized by a letter of agreement, with the Brain Canada Foundation (Brain Canada) to support the involvement of Canadian researchers in the NIH BRAIN Initiative.  Both NIH and the Brain Canada Foundation believe that the ambitious goals of the BRAIN Initiative can best be attained by collaboration across disciplinary boundaries as well as geographic boundaries.  Brain Canada will seek partners and provide grant support for Canadian researchers through the Canada Brain Research Fund that provides a 1:1 match of funds raised from other sources.

Supplemental Funding

NIH made a number of BRAIN Initiative awards in FY14 (http://braininitiative.nih.gov/nih-brain-awards.htm) and many more are expected to be made in FY15.  Canadian researchers who are interested in participating in funded awards are advised to contact the Program Director/Principal Investigator of the NIH award to inquire if there is mutual interest in collaboration.  If there is interest, the Canadian researcher can apply directly to the Brain Canada Foundation for funding for the work to be performed in Canada. For each approved project with an added Canadian collaboration, funding and administration of the work performed in Canada shall be managed by Brain Canada.

Matching Funding

In most of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcements, foreign institutions have been permitted to participate either by submitting applications directly or as subcontractors in an application from a domestic institution.  Canadian researchers who submit applications in either role in BRAIN Initiative awards should contact Brain Canada who will seek partners and provide grant support through the Canada Brain Research Fund.

In addition to providing funds, representatives of the Brain Canada Foundation will join those of the National Science Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency in meetings of the BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group (http://braininitiative.nih.gov/Brain_multi_council_working_group.htm).

About Brain  Canada

VISION
To understand the brain, in health and illness, to improve lives and achieve societal impact.

MISSION
Brain Canada is achieving its vision by:

  • Increasing the scale and scope of funding to accelerate the pace of Canadian brain research;
  • Creating a collective commitment to brain research across the public, private and voluntary sectors; and
  • Delivering transformative, original and outstanding research programs.

VALUES

  • Connecting with purpose.
    • “One brain”. Seeking to understand different brain functions and dysfunctions as part of a single interconnected   system.
    • Partnerships. Building mutually beneficial and transparent relationships with every partner.
    • Diverse perspectives and approaches. Fostering original insights and outcomes.
  • Outcome focused. Delivering value and benefits with efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Professional integrity. Ensuring the highest standards of ethical behaviour and good governance.
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