CFREF-BrainsCAN Accelerator Internal Granting Program

BrainsCAN’s 2018 Accelerator program is now open.

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.

Important Dates:

  • Spring Round
    • Webform LOI due: April 1st, 2018
    • Applications due: May 1st, 2018
  • Fall Round
    • Webform LOI due: September 30th, 2018
    • Applications due: October 30th, 2018
  • Funding decisions will be made up to 12 weeks from deadline

Note that since the last round several changes have been made including a requirement to complete a brief webform Letter of Intent, a limit of 2 concurrent awards per PI, and a requirement for Letters of Support from collaborators. Review the current guidelines and application process closely.

Consult the program website for further details on program structure, eligibility, and applications.

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

Past Awards  2017 Accelerator Summary, and details on the Funded Accelerator Projects.

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About the Author

Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall