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.

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Q&A - Table of Questions

[this can have a table of contents for brief Qs if we get longer list]

Preparing Your Registration
Q1 - For the registration, is there a particular format for the PI biosketch?
Q2 - It is mentioned that "Discussions with the KT Core and Kids Brain Health Network’s senior staff is encouraged." How do I contact the KT core and Kids Brain Health Network’s senior staff to ask them for advice?

Questions about the Full Application
Q3 - Is there feedback from the Registration on whether to go ahead or not?
Q4 - Is it anticipated that everybody registering a project will be invited to submit a full proposal, or will you only be inviting a portion of the RFA’s for full proposals?
Q5 - Timeline for Full Application Selection

Building your team
Q6 - Can you please provide clarification on researcher is eligibility to apply as a team lead (ie, the Principal Investigator) to this competition?
Q7 - While we have aligned the team of researchers to run the randomized-control trial, we are missing a parent in the team. By any chance, would you know a parent interested in helping us review our proposal?
Q8 - What do you mean by "Have an advisory member or team to mentor the project"?
Q9 - Do all Team Members have to be Kids Brain Health members?
Q10 - Can there be more than 4 team members?
Q11 - What/when is Cycle 3 funding?
Q12 - Can we submit a proposal with a team comprised of members from different institutions in the same province?
Q13 - With respect to the requirement for an advisory panel/group, are you envisioning this would consist of school districts/community partners who are participating in the research, or external researchers who would advise on/support the project?

Who is Eligible to apply?
Q14 - I am not a member of Kids Brain Health Network, can I still apply for one of these funding opportunities?
Q15 - If I am from a non-Canadian University, can I apply for funding?
Q16 - Am I or are other researchers at my Institution eligible to apply? What is an Institutional Network member?
Q17 - Is a "new member" someone who just submits an application? or does one have to apply to become a member?
Q18 - Are researchers required to have past funding (or other experience) with KBHN in order to apply?
Q19 - "I would like to follow up on some very neat findings in brain development, is a single lab able to submit a proposal?"
Q20 - Is there a place for Basic Sciences/Discovery research in this opportunity
Q21 - Are community organizations that work with children with NDDs eligible to apply for funding?
Q22 - Would A Provincial Program qualify?
Q23 - We would like to submit a proto-impact proposal for the KBHN 2018-2020 projects. It has started in one center, and the plan is to extend to other centers. Would that be a good fit for the KBHN 2018-2020 projects?

Finances
Q24 - Can you please send me a copy of your budget template? I couldn't find it on your website.
Q25 - Where the RFA is requesting evidence of matching funds, can these be in kind funds and/or do the funds have to exactly match (dollar per dollar) what we are requesting of NeuroDevNet in our budget?
Q26 - Is overhead/indirect costs an eligible expense? If so, is it capped at a particular percentage?
Q27 - Is course release an eligible expense? If so, is it capped at a particular amount?
Q28 - What is the start and end date of Discovery Impact Grants? I assume they're two year grants?


  • Q1.For the registration, is there a particular format for the PI biosketch?
    A1. The Biosketch URL is for the Principle Investigator to point us to their best Faculty web page (knowing that faculty often have multiple appointments). Please choose the one that gives KBHN a good idea of your academic background and information.


  • Q2. Q2) It is mentioned that "Discussions with the KT Core and Kids Brain Health Network’s senior staff is encouraged." How do I contact the KT core and Kids Brain Health Network’s senior staff to ask them for advice?
    A2. A2: The KT Core is led by David Phipps with Anneliese Poetz as project Manager. Their emails are David J Phipps dphipps[at]yorku.ca and Anneliese Poetz apoetz[at] yorku.ca and for senior staff, send an email to funding[at] neurodevnet.ca


  • Q3. Is there feedback from the Registration on whether to go ahead or not?

    A3.No, registration is just to provide the Network with a sense of the number of applications and the expertise we will need to gather for the review process.





  • Q4.Is it anticipated that everybody registering a project will be invited to submit a full proposal, or will you only be inviting a portion of the RFA’s for full proposals?
    A4.A4. First there is registration and then there is full proposal submission. We may get back to individuals about how their efforts could be strengthened in order to be more competitive but there will not be triage after the registration phase. All can go to full proposal.


  • Q5. If you are selecting specific RFA’s for a full proposal, is there a timeline for when an invitation might come? Given school system logistics, we would need to confirm our school partners prior to the school year end in June (but we prefer not to bring the schools officially on board until we know whether we will be submitting a full proposal).

    A5. As noted above, there will be no selection based upon the information submitted via registration. Registration is only to give us an idea of the # of proposals that may be submitted and the areas of expertise that we will need to build on the review committee to provide the best possible reviews.


  • Q6. Can you please provide clarification on researcher is eligibility to apply as a team lead (ie, the Principal Investigator) to this competition
    A6. 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.


  • Q7.While we have aligned the team of researchers to run the randomized-control trial, we are missing a parent in the team. By any chance, would you know a parent interested in helping us review our proposal?
    A7. It is recommended that you address this query to the KT -- Family Engagement Core at McMaster, with Jan Willem Gorter, PI gorter[at]mcmaster.ca. This is their expertise and they are happy to help. Note that these details are not needed for Registration, only for the full application.


  • Q8.What do you mean by "Have an advisory member or team to mentor the project"?
    A8.This has been added to projects to allow for an objective view of how the project is doing. The constitution of that advisory board should be arms-length individuals without COI with the project and having expertise to help the project attain its goals. Again, this is not required for the Registration, but the formation of this advisor/advisory board or development such should be included in the full application

  • Q9.Do all Team Members have to be Kids Brain Health members?
    A9. No, but in order to receive funds the Team Members will need to become members of the Network (see the Join-us membership application page [http://www.neurodevnet.ca/about/join]). Note that in order to receive funds the member's primary institution should also be an Institutional Network Member; details of which will be facilitated by KBHN Central once awards are offered)

  • Q10.Can there be more than 4 team members?
    A10.Yes. The number of team members just depends on how best to address the question that will be the focus of the Yr 9-10 work.

  • Q11.What/when is Cycle 3 funding?
    A11.This is a renewed period of funding that we will seek from the Networks of Centres of Excellence for years 2020-2025.

  • Q12.Can we submit a proposal with a team comprised of members from different institutions in the same province?
    A12. One thing to remember about the criteria for a successful proposal is to be national in scope. Are there other players out there that could be invited in and make for a more national team?

  • Q13.With respect to the requirement for an advisory panel/group, are you envisioning this would consist of school districts/community partners who are participating in the research, or external researchers who would advise on/support the project
    A13.Any of the above...what we want is an outsider view on your plan and how successful (or not) you are carrying out the plan and they can offer, as a third party, input on course correction or whatever. So, at a minimum they need to be informed as to what is being proposed and should not be in a position of conflict.

  • Q14.I am not a member of Kids Brain Health Network, can I still apply for one of these funding opportunities?
    A14.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

  • Q15.If I am from a non-Canadian University, can I apply for funding?
    A15. 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.

  • Q16. Am I or are other researchers at my Institution eligible to apply? What is an Institutional Network member?
    A16. 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.

  • Q17.Is a "new member" someone who just submits an application? or does one have to apply to become a member?
    A17. 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.

  • Q18. Are researchers required to have past funding (or other experience) with KBHN in order to apply?
    A18. 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.

  • Q19. "I would like to follow up on some very neat findings in brain development, is a single lab able to submit a proposal?"
    A19. 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.

  • Q20. Is there a place for Basic Sciences/Discovery research in this opportunity?
    A20. .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.


  • Q21. Are community organizations that work with children with NDDs eligible to apply for funding?
    A21. Yes, community organizations can apply but all applications must be in conjunction with an academic Faculty member who is eligible to receive Tri-Council funding (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC). The academic Faculty member must be the lead Principle Investigator on the project.

  • Q22. Would A Provincial Program qualify?
    A22. First, proposals need to go beyond a single lab, city or province; they should try to be collaborative and national in scope. Second, Kids Brain Health Network is a research network and a research proposal needs to be embedded in whatever is proposed. Establishing connections with other comparable programs or looking to expand the scope of an established provincial program is closer to the spirit of this opportunity.

  • Q23. We would like to submit a proto-impact proposal for the KBHN 2018-2020 projects. It has started in one center, and the plan is to extend to other centers. Would that be a good fit for the KBHN 2018-2020 projects?
    A23. Evidence-based interventions and early diagnosis are two key tenets of KBHN. If this proposal engages either or both of these , the proposal would be suitable for KBHN. The RFA wants the proposals to be national in scope and the addition of other centers would be important if that is the intent of the added centers.

  • Q24. Can you please send me a copy of your budget template? I couldn't find it on your website.
    A24. The Full application package is still undergoing refinement and we will post the full materials on our web site, please either check back there, and follow us on twitter for Application updates @KidsBrainHealth #KBHNRFA

  • Q25. Where the RFA is requesting evidence of matching funds, can these be in kind funds and/or do the funds have to exactly match (dollar per dollar) what we are requesting of NeuroDevNet in our budget?
    A25. Matching funds is really to identify partners who have “skin in the game” with you. There is no match requirement specified, however if partners are engaged in the proposal plan, we only request an estimate of the full amount proposed research budget --so, KBHN funding request plus and partner commitments.

  • Q26. Is overhead/indirect costs an eligible expense? If so, is it capped at a particular percentage?
    A26. Only expenses relating to direct costs of the research are eligible for the research budget, however, indirect costs are provided to the institutions receiving money relating to these awards. The indirects are attached to NCE funds as they flow thru the tri-councils and the recipient institution will be awarded those funds; but they play no role in the budgeting process at our end.

  • Q27. Is course release an eligible expense? If so, is it capped at a particular amount?
    A27. Because funds are only to be spent on research/collaborative meeting costs and trainee/staff salaries and not for the PI/Co-I support, course release is not an eligible expense. That said, however, course release expenses could be considered an In-Kind support (as part of Partnership Support) if the host institution were exempt the PI from some teaching responsibilities (appropriately numerated)

  • Q28.What is the start and end date of Discovery Impact Grants? I assume they're two year grants?
    A28. The full term for all awards would be April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2020 (two year in the NCE fiscal calendar). However, if only a year is required to reach impact a 1 year award could be considered.

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