With the ultimate goal of increasing human capital and tackling existing inequalities, Saving Brains seeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner.

Funding is open to innovative solutions that address the risk factors facing children living in adversity by promoting health and nutrition, providing enrichment and nurturing, and protecting against maltreatment.

Areas of particular interest include innovations designed for use in humanitarian contexts and fragile settings, innovations that provide support to adolescent parents, and innovations with demonstrated scale and strong paths to sustainability that have not yet measured impact on child development.


  • Proposals from institutions in Canada and low- and middle-income countries
    • all implementation activities must occur outside of Canada in eligible low- and middle-income countries (see Appendix A for the eligible country list).
  • Applicant Institutions from Canada must apply with a co-Project Lead primarily affiliated with an institution in an eligible country list in Appendix A, other than Canada

For a full list of the Eligibility Criteria, see Section 5.1.

Funding available

  • successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $250,000 CAD over a maximum of 24 months

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CORIS Deadline for Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Checklist Deadline  October 4, 2017
Submission to Sponsor  October 11, 2017  3:00 PM ET

Submitting Your Checklist Application

  • Checklists must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.

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