BrainsCAN Accelerator 2017 Round 2

CFREF- BrainsCAN “Accelerator” Internal Granting Program

The second funding round of the 2017 Accelerator is currently open. Please note as a result of the pilot round, some changes have been made to the Accelerator-Stimulus Application and Guidelines.

This internal funding opportunity is from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) supported BrainsCAN Initiative.

The Accelerator Program is purposefully designed to push the limits of cognitive neuroscience and transform its landscape by supporting high-risk / high-reward research programs that could not be funded through traditional channels.

Using the two sequential or stand-alone phases (Stimulus & Full Accelerator), CFREF endeavors, through basic and translational research, to raise the caliber of Western neuroscience to the highest international level, radically transform our understanding of the brain, significantly reduce the impact of cognitive disorders, and influence clinical practice and public policy through top-quality evidence.

Program Objective: The BrainsCAN Accelerator Program is a strategic internal funding opportunity with the explicit goal of increasing and accelerating interdisciplinary research within the BrainsCAN initiative and, where appropriate, with our partners. The Accelerator Awards promote curiosity-driven research and high-impact projects in the area of cognitive neuroscience, with the understanding that these may also be high-risk. This commitment to supporting fundamental, blue-sky scientific research will advance understanding of the brain—in health and disease—across the lifespan.

Applications and further details: Please consult for further details on program structure, eligibility, and UPDATED APPLICATIONS.

Important Dates:

Round 2 – Deadline: July 4th, 2017 –  Currently Accepting Applications

Round 3 – Deadline: October 3rd, 2017

-Funding decisions will be made 4-6 weeks after the deadline

Contact Information: The competition is administered by BrainsCAN’s Support Team (  For specific questions please contact Ryan Salewski, Project Manager (ext: 86801;

 photo credit: NICHD NIH Drosophila Neuromuscular Junction via photopin (license)

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Kueneman, Karen
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