Training Fellowships

Brain Canada and Kids Brain Health Network

Developmental Neurosciences Research Training Awards

Request for Applications


Launch of Competition and RFA    April 27, 2017
Deadline for Institutional Commitment Letter    June 30, 2017
Deadline for Reciept of Trainee Application    August 15, 2017
Notification of Award    November 2017
Funding Start (earliest Date)    January 1, 2018

Important Materials

Request For Applications and Instructions in:   EN   FR
Institutional Administor Instructions in:   EN   FR
Institutional Commitment Letter Example Template: Letter

RFA Overview

Brain health is one of the most pressing health challenges facing Canadians. One in three individuals - over 11 million people - will face a psychiatric disease, a neurological disorder, or a brain or spinal cord injury at some point in their lives. In one out of six children, brain disorders take the form of a neurodisability with life-long implications. Advances in neurodevelopmental disorder research are leading to an understanding of the etiology of these disabilities, better diagnostics and screening, therapeutic interventions, and improved frontline care and social support services.

In order to advance our understanding of all aspects of these disorders, Brain Canada, Kids Brain Health Network, and Research Institutes across Canada are joining together to support and enhance the training of talented young scientists conducting research focused on these key aspects of developmental neurosciences under the direction of leading Canadian researchers.

Brain Canada and Kids Brain Health Network are pleased to announce a competition for training awards in developmental neurosciences co-funded by Brain Canada (through the Canada Brain Research Fund) and Institutional Sponsors. This competition has an overall envelope of up to $1,500,000 (including Sponsor matches), with predoctoral fellowships valued at up to $30,000 per year for a maximum funding term of two years, and postdoctoral fellowships valued at up to $50,000 per year for a maximum funding term of two years. 

All awards include an additional $5,000 per year career development supplement. In addition, all awardees will be required to attend the Kids Brain Health Annual Brain Development Conference as well as training courses and workshops organized through the Kids Brain Health Training Program.


The awards will be made to outstanding predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows undertaking a program of research training that incorporates original research into the origins, early detection and effective treatment of disorders of brain development. Fellows with programs of study with a concentration on knowledge translation and in neuroethical issues in the developmental neurosciences and neurodisabilities are also encouraged.

These programs of study will further our understanding of normal brain development as well as disorders of the developing brain when disrupted by genetic, environmental or acquired injury factors, and ultimately lead to new strategies for prevention and mitigation through early intervention. However, areas of non-developmental origins or neurodegeneration will not be considered for this competition. This support for excellence in predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows training will contribute considerably to building Canadian capacity and leadership in translational research and therapeutic approaches to neurodevelopmental disorders. 

Engagement in Training Plan Activities

The Training and Educational arm of this Fellowship Program, hosted by the Kids Brain Health Training Program, is aimed to provide value-added career and training opportunities for all successful awardees. The principal emphasis of the Kids Brain Health Research Training Program is to develop cross-disciplinary and collaborative skill sets for the next generation of scientists, clinicians, and health service professionals. A cross-disciplinary approach will help provide young researchers with the diverse vocabulary and experience to interact with the neurodevelopmental disorders research community.

For more information see: A full description of the training activities/opportunities will be provided by NeuroDevNet to all successful awardees.

Application process 

A. The institutions will provide a commitment letter to Brain Canada (to be sent electronically to ) confirming the number of predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, with required career development supplement for each Sponsor's contribution. A template of this letter will be provided shortly. The deadline for commitment letter reciept is June 30, 2017.

B. The institutions will solicit the predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees eligible to apply to the competition and determine which applicants it will support. The institutions will provide a letter of support to the applicant, confirming that they had been vetted (or approved) to submit an application for this competition. A template of this letter can be downloaded from Brain Canada here.

C. All applications must be submitted using the Brain Canada electronic grant management system. The applicant must submit the institutional letter of support along with completing all required application fields in the Brain Canada's electronic grant application system before 16:00 ET on August 15, 2017.  Contact Brain Canada to initiate application submission process.

Brain Canada will acknowledge receipt of the full application within two working days. Please contact if you do not receive acknowledgement, or if you have other inquiries about the application process.

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