Funder’s website

The funder’s website can be found HERE.

Funding Value and Duration

$ 2,000,000 for 1-3 years. Note: The combined financial support of CQDM and Brain Canada could represent up to 82% of the eligible project expenses. In addition, at least one eligible Quebec SME must contribute to the funding with a cash contribution (min 12% of eligible expenses in Quebec). In-kind expenses by partner companies are not eligible.


Brain Canada Foundation (Brain Canada) and CQDM are joining forces to support interprovincial collaborative translational research and development (R&D) projects on
the brain. This partnership creates a unique funding opportunity that brings together experts from academia and industry to support the development of platforms, tools and
biopharmaceuticals that will pave the way for new advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.


This CQDM and Brain Canada initiative specifically focuses on brain research. The intent of the initiative is to:

  • Increase research collaborations and partnerships between universities and companies in the life sciences industry in Quebec and other Canadian provinces and territories to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.
  • Foster technological maturation and industrial value creation leading to economic benefits for the project’s stakeholders, Quebec and the rest of Canada.
  • Promote the knowledge, capabilities and new technologies developed in public institutions, and facilitate uptake by industry.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Applicants:

  • Investigators must be affiliated with and conduct research at an eligible Canadian institution, as defined by CIHR, for the full duration of the grant.
  • The principal investigator must be based at a research institution in Quebec (university and affiliated hospital, research institute, public research center). They must work in close collaboration with at least one other independent researcher working in a research institution in another Canadian province, as well as with at least one Quebec small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). Please note: College Centers for the Transfer of Technology [CCTT] are not eligible to serve as the host institution, but team members and collaborators from CCTTs may receive up to 50% of the total budget as sub-sites.
  • Investigators must be considered an independent researcher at their institution. Such an individual normally holds the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor; can initiate and direct their own independent lines of research as principal investigator; has full responsibility for running their research group; has full control of their research funds; and is permitted to supervise trainees (if applicable, as per their institution’s policy). Postdoctoral fellows or adjunct faculty are not eligible to apply.

Eligible Projects:

  • Research teams must include a minimum of two independent researchers, one from a research institution in Quebec and one from a research institution in another Canadian province.
  • R&D projects with industrial impact applicable to neuroscience, including the conduct of clinical studies.
  • The technology readiness level must be between 1 and 6 at the start of the project – see the TRL Guide here.
  • Socio-economic benefits must be generated for all of Canada and for the company partners involved in the project.
  • At least one trainee (MSc student, PhD student, and/ or postdoctoral fellow) must take part in the project.

Contact Mathieu Paquette, Director – Business Development, to validate the eligibility of your project and obtain the application form and budget template at the following address:

Internal Contacts

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss this funding opportunity with their Faculty Research Facilitator.

VPRI Resource Contact: Rachel Hirsch


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator
Sponsor intent to apply deadline July 3, 2023
OVPRI Deadline (Approval Form and Application) July 3, 2023
Submission to Sponsor July 10, 2023

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
    For a user’s guide on submitting an Approval Form, click HERE.
  • Step 2) Submit an external application to the granting agency
    Submit an external application to the corresponding grant or award agency. To navigate to the funder’s website, click HERE