Network Research Funding for 2018-2020

Important Dates & Deadlines:

May 31, 2017       Proposal Registration
Sept 29, 2017      Application Submission 
December 2017   Review of Applications
January 2018      Award Announcements
April 1, 2018        Start of Funding

Application Support Materials:

RFA & Guide 2017
Registration - Project Summary Template 
Network Research -  Annual Report 2016 
KBH NDD Stakeholder Needs Assessment

Quick Web Links



Revised Application Submission Date: September 29, 2017

RFA Briefing Webinar Invitation for all Registrants(see below links for Webinar Recordings)

  • June 21, 2017 (1-2pm EDT) Application Briefing and Q&A (View Recording)
    Dan Goldowitz (KBHN Scientific Director) and KBHN Admin provide an introduction to the RFA, Project Categories and answered applicants questions regarding the proposal structures, basics of the application process, and key review criteria.
  • June 27, 2017 (1-2pm EDT) Family Engagement and Knowledge Mobilization for Proposal Development (View Recording)
    David Phipps (KT Lead, York) and Jan Willem Gorter (Family Engagement Lead) and teams will discuss what "impact" means through a KBHN lens, co-produced pathways to impact, and engagement of stakeholders and families in the research and research teams.

More information on submitted projects can be found here


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.