Kids Brain Health RFA Q&A
It is appropriate to consult with Kids Brain Health Network Research Management Staff during the development stage to ensure appropriate considerations are accounted for in the planning of the proposal.
Please ask us your question and we will do our best to address your issue. A summary of issues that these consultations address will be posted on this Q&A page.
Q&A - Table of Questions
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Q1 - Network Membership requirement
Q2 - Canadian institutional requirement
Q3-1 - Institutional Network Membership requirement
Q3-2 - Network Membership requirement II
Q3-3 - Do I need prior Network funding to apply?
Q4 - Are Single Researcher-Lab/projects eligible?
Q5 - Is there a place for Basic Sciences/Discovery research in this opportunity?
- Q1.I am not a member of Kids Brain Health Network, can I still apply for one of these funding opportunities?
A1. Only Kids Brain Health Members can apply for research funding, but it is easy to become a member. If your are on faculty at a Canadian University or Research Institution you can apply for membership by filling out the membership application form on the Join Us page.
- Q2. If I am from a non-Canadian University, can I apply for funding?
A2. Sorry, but only faculty with a research appointment at Canadian institutions can apply for KBHN (and NCE) support. If however, you are collaborating with a Canadian researcher you may be able to collaborate on projects in a meaningful way.
- Q3. Can you please provide clarification on researcher is eligibility to apply as a team lead (ie, the Principal Investigator) to this competition? On your website it states:
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.
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. Based on this, I have some additional questions:
- Q3-1. Am I or are other researchers at my Institution eligible to apply? What is an Institutional Network member?
A3-1. Investigators may apply as a lead if their Host University or Institute are Network Members (having signed an NCE network agreement with Kids Brain Health Network; see the list of present and active Insitutional Network Members: http://www.neurodevnet.ca/about/network-members). It is not a real problem, if your Institute is not yet a Network Member, as KBH Central can work with your Institution to become a Network Member in time for the funding start in early 2018.
- Q3-2. Is a "new member" someone who just submits an application? or does one have to apply to become a member?
A3-2. KBHN is very open to new members joining the network and it’s as simple as filling out a membership request form. With confirmation of your credentials, you will be accepted as an Associate Investigator Member and are eligible to apply as a PI. We also encourage all members to take advantage of our Knowledge translation, conferences, and training opportunities.
- Q3-3. Are researchers required to have past funding (or other experience) with KBHN in order to apply?
A3-3. No, prior Network funding is not a prerequisite for this funding opportunity. All applications will be reviewed based on scientific merit and the potential for contributing significant outcomes/impacts.
- Q4."I would like to follow up on some very neat findings in brain development, is a single lab able to submit a proposal?"
A4.The idea of Year 9-10 funding is to start build teams of researchers and stakeholders dedicated to solving an important developmental neuroscience Issue from multiple perspectives. Thus, if a researcher were thinking about following up a very cool finding with funding for a single lab (yours), it would not fit the intention of the RFA.
- Q5.Is there a place for Basic Sciences/Discovery research in this opportunity?
A5.The idea of Year 9-10 funding is to start build teams of researchers and stakeholders dedicated to solving an important developmental neuroscience issue from multiple perspectives. The challenge would be to make a case that the basic research component would provide synergies with the overall team (say, that biomarker diagnostics or therapeutic interventions could be re-imagined with sound evidence base and moved toward practice).
The basic researcher should join or rally a team of researchers and partners with various areas of expertise (e.g., neuroscientist, clinical psychology, health policy, implementation, etc.) that could work together to address a critical issue and/or support a community need.