Network Research Funding for 2018-2020

Important Dates & Deadlines:

May 31, 2017       Proposal Registration
Sept 29 Oct 09, 2017      New Deadline for Submission 
December 2017   Review of Applications
January February 2018      Award Announcements
April 1, 2018        Start of Funding

Application Support Materials:

KBHN 2017 Application Package
Original RFA & Guide 2017
Registration - Project Summary Template 
Network Research -  Annual Report 2016 
Stakeholder Needs Executive Summary
Family Engagement Resources

Quick Web Links



October 09, 2017.

The Full RFA2017 Application Package is now available for download HERE. Please be sure this information is conveyed to your entire team.  

The Instruction Guide lays out the details for addressing key criteria and assembling your application package. Details for online submission of the Application Package will be provided to the Principal Investigator and their designated second. Each Applicant will receive a username/password to a private-secure KBHN Dropbox. You will use this Dropbox to submit all Application files. Teams will have access to this Dropbox until the submission deadline date and time, after which all submissions will be final.
PLEASE NOTE: Only those teams that have registered with KBHN their intension to apply are eligible to do so.

UPDATE: Webinar 3 "Partnerships and KT Tool use" Recording is Now Avaialable.

This Webinar is pertinent to both Project Applications for Years 9-10 as well as in lead up to our face-to-face Partnerships Day Workshop in Toronto on November 9th 2017, the day following the Brain-Child-Partners conference.
See Details Below or View the Recording

KBHN RFA-2017 Project Proposals

Find the Project Lists HERE

  • Thanks to all interested investigator teams who have submitted project proposals. In order to strengthen proposals coming forward we encourage all groups and interested partners to consider coming together and facilitate cross-project interactions or consolidations, we have posted a list of project titles and descriptions of registered proposals. If, after exploring these lists, you find opportunities to synergies of consolidate proposals and augment potential impacts, KBHN Central can facilitate the dialogue and assist in strengthening proposals.

Consultation Services for Family Engagement and Integrated KT Planning
The KBHN Knowledge Translation Core Teams have made themselves available to give advice and assistance in developing plans for family and stakeholder engagement and mobilizing knowledge for impact. See the below links to the introduction to services webinar (Webinar 2) given by our Core leads.

  • The Knowledge to Impact Team, led by Drs. David Phipps and Anneliese Poetz, have developed tools to assist teams in developing integrated KT plans to maximize uptake and implementation of findings from these projects. Through a stakeholder consultation study, they have also identified key areas of need for neurodisability research. Click to download the Stakeholder Needs Assessment summary.
    For more information and consultation please contact Anneliese Poetz ()
  • The Family Engagement (FE) Team, led by Dr. Jan Willem Gorter and Ms. Andrea Cross at McMaster, is offering three services this summer (July - September 2017): 1) Matching Program; 2) Mentoring Program; and 3) FE Planning Support. Please see the attached Tip Sheet for a brief description on each service. Each RFA project will be given a $250 stipend to support FE during the RFA process. In order to access our services and receive this stipend please complete the FE Core Services Survey. For more information and consultation please contact Andrea Cross ().

RFA Briefing Webinar Invitation for all Registrants 

  • Webinar 1 Application Briefing and Q&A (View Recording)
    Dan Goldowitz (KBHN Scientific Director) and KBHN Admin provided an introduction to the RFA, Project Categories and answered applicants questions regarding the proposal structures, basics of the application process, and key review criteria.
  • Webinar 2 Family Engagement and Knowledge Mobilization for Proposal Development (View Recording)
    The presentations by David Phipps (KT Lead, York) and Jan Willem Gorter (Family Engagement Lead, McMaster) focused on co-produced pathways of impact, and engagement of stakeholders and families in research. The discussion also described direct ways by which project teams can take advantage of the services offered by the KBHN KT Core teams in developing proposals and plans for your projects.
  • Webinar 3 Research2Impact Canvas and Partnership Development for Applications (View Recording)

    The webinar will be facilitated by Dr. Joseph Ferenbok, Director of the Translational Research Program (TRP) at the University of Toronto ( TRP specializes in helping people, including experienced professionals, who see problems and solutions in their projects, but don't know how to move projects forward. Joining Dr. Ferenbok is Dr. Anneliese Poetz, KBHN KT Core Manager, who has an extensive experience in Knowledge Translation and Stakeholder engagement.

    In this webinar you will 1) Learn how to utilize the Research to Impact (R2I) Canvas tool to improve the focus and of your proposal and benefits of your project; 2) Learn how to work with partners to identify their needs in screening and diagnosis, targeted treatment, support for families and other priorities that benefit children with neurodevelopmental disabilities; and 3)Explore how researchers and organizations focused on supporting service delivery to children and families can collaborate to address unmet needs and priorities through impactful partnerships.


Request for Applications 2017

Kids Brain Health Network is currently in its 8th year, with a primary focus on research into early diagnosis, intervention and support for care and best practices across neurodevelopmental disorders. KBHN is soliciting project proposals for Network Years 9-10 (2018-2020) to establish outstanding research teams that can demonstrate early impacts and will strengthen Network efforts leading toward Network renewal (2020-2025) and beyond.

Eligible projects for this two-year funding mechanism will emphasize innovation, have national scope, and possess potential for cross-disciplinary networking and synergy with past Kids Brain Health Network efforts. Successful teams will address issues that are relevant to patients, parents and caregivers, improve the quality of life of individuals with NDD, and identify stakeholder partners who will help shape and implement the research agenda. Research project submissions need to have translational capacity toward commercialization or social innovation, and present leveraged funding opportunities. The proposed research and activities should move new knowledge to impact, provide promise of sustainability, and develop partnerships with institutions and/or industrial/community partners for material support and who will benefit from the project deliverables.

New members of KBHN who have not previously received KBHN funding are encouraged to apply, whether as members or leads of a research team, as are existing research teams that are currently supported by KBHN.

Submit questions via our Q&A webpage or contact us directly at . Follow us on twitter @KidsBrainHealth and we will be posting updates using #KBHNRFA.

Project Funding Categories, Scope, and Budget

Approximately $1.2M per year in funds will be available for three funding categories:

  • Proto-Impact Projects that identify a team and are ready to move toward impact. Budget requests can be in the range of $100K/yr. It is expected that these Projects produce impactful deliverables annually and result in strong applications for Impact Teams for 2020-2025 renewal funding and long-term sustainability.
  • Discovery Impact Projects that are ready to deliver results but could use additional support realize full impact. Projects can be from current KBHN activities or new to the KBHN portfolio, but synergistic with previous KBHN research areas. Budget requests can be in the range of $25-75K/yr. Preference will be given to projects that position themselves to be a part of Cycle 3 funding.
  • Team Development Grants will support the establishment of larger Impact Teams for 2020-2025 renewal. Activities will be focussed on development of NDD community needs/issues, team building, and stakeholder engagement. Budget requests can be in the range of $25-50K/yr.

Key Elements of Each Proposal

The competition is open to Projects bringing innovation to all neurodevelopmental disorders. Although the Network is moving toward a non-categorical approach to NDD, a single-disorder-based proposal will be considered if its impact is high and the approach promises cross-disorder pollination. The Kids Brain Health Network’s strategic plan for renewal, and a goal for this competition, strongly emphasizes the following considerations for a successful proposal:

  • National need and scope that has been confirmed through user group needs assessments including the burden to Canadian society associated with the need (significance);
  • Ongoing plans for stakeholder engagement, including families;
  • Distribution/delivery partners must be identified and engaged throughout the project, including financial support;
  • Likelihood for success in addressing the need;
  • Solutions have clear deliverables and metrics;
  • High probability that funding will yield a competitive Impact Team by the third term of Network funding (2020-2025);
  • Innovative and trans-disciplinary;
  • Teams have expertise in taking research to impact;
  • Partner engagement for sustainability, plan to move to independence and sustainability by end of the third term of Network funding (2020-2025);
  • Have an advisory member or team to mentor the project (the mentorship team can be scaled to the level of funding sought).

Summary of Application Process

Registration of Intent to submit an application: Utilizing the Registration Summary Template, provide the name of the PI, their affiliation, funding category applying to, and a brief concept/pitch (1-2 brief paragraphs) to summarize the research plan and prospective outcomes. Go to the Registration Page to provide project details and submit the Summary document. The registrations will be published online to enable the applicants to find project commonalities that could lead to collaborative and/or combined efforts. This will also be a means for non-engaged researchers to seek connections with the various proposals;

Proposal Development: Refer to the RFA & Guide for specific element development. A question and answer link is provided to help with questions in regard to proposal construction. It is appropriate to consult with Kids Brain Health Network Research Management and Knowledge Translation Core staff during the development stage to ensure appropriate considerations are accounted for in the planning of the proposal. The issues that these consultations address will be posted on the Q&A page;

Proposal Submission: The application receipt deadline is Sept 29, 2017. Details for online electronic submission of the application package will be provided to Principal Investigators who have registered their proposal;

Proposal Review: Reviews of each application will be undertaken by the Kids Brain Health Network Research Management Committee, in consultation with the international Scientific Advisory Board, in line with the criteria outlined above and in the Application Guide. The Board of Directors will make the final decision as to which projects should be funded and the budgets based on the review recommendations.