Up to $50,000 for 6 months.
Funding is non-renewable.
|Please note that this program is currently inactive and not accepting new submissions.|
Prerequisite: A report of Invention (ROI) must have been filed with the Innovation and Partnerships Office at McGill (I+P).
Submission for this program is currently closed.
The Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives (HBHL) initiative is a high profile, high priority multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral initiative located at McGill University made possible with support from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The HBHL Strategic Research Plan outlines the vision, deliverables, and overall goals of the initiative, and the research priorities of its four research themes.
Ignite grants represent the first of two phases in the HBHL Neuro-Commercialization Grants program. The objective of the Ignite grant is to support small-scale validation/proof-of-principle efforts in the development of a neuroscience-related technology.
1. Meet with NeuroSphere staff and obtain invitation to apply
Applicants must meet with the NeuroSphere team to discuss their application to ensure eligibility for funding and alignment with HBHL goals.
2. Eligibility review
The NeuroSphere team will assess the eligibility of applications based on the following criteria:
- Applicant: The applicant must be a McGill researcher who is eligible to hold Tri-Agency research funding (students and postdoctoral researchers are not eligible).
- Co-applicants: Co-applicants must be researchers from McGill University or from one of our CFREF partner institutions (Western University, Université de Montréal, University of British Columbia or Montréal Polytechnique). Grant funding may NOT be transferred to co-applicants from other institutions.
- A report of Invention (ROI) must have been filed with the Innovation and Partnerships Office at McGill (I+P). If a McGill-affiliated researcher decides to manage IP by him/herself, without I+P, he/she will not be eligible. Even if projects adhere to guiding principles of Open Science, a ROI must be filed.
- The technology must also not yet be licensed or optioned.
For an application to be considered complete, it must include:
- Submitted online application form;
- Completed proposal;
- Completed budget form;
- Biosketches; and
- Attachment of an electronic certificate of completion (incl. name and date) from at least one of CIHR’s Online Training Modules on Integrating Sex and Gender in Health Research
3. Relevance Review
The NeuroSphere team will evaluate the relevance of applications based on the following criteria:
- Alignment: The project must be within the field of neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, mental health or neuroinformatics and align with HBHL's Strategic Research Plan.
- Allowable Costs: Funding must go towards direct support of technology maturation (i.e., personnel, materials and supplies). Business case and model evaluation and strategic planification could also be considered as allowable costs. Equipment is not an eligible expense. Other non-eligible expenses include market studies, patent searches or filling, maintenance costs, or salaries associated with commercial development. Although these activities are not eligible, I+P and NeuroSphere staff can provide assistance in these areas. Funds cannot be used for compensation/salary for principle investigators, co-investigators or collaborators.
4. Peer Review
Once the eligibility and relevance has been validated, a peer review committee will be formed to review the application based on the following criteria:
- Program relevance;
- Project advancement and translational potential (clinic/market);
- Appropriateness of the proposed budget.
5. Strategic Selection and Final Approval
The NeuroSphere staff will submit a pre-selection of the most promising, high-priority projects to the HBHL Innovation Committee for final approval. Final authorization of funds will be made by the HBHL Strategic Steering Committee.
6. Results and Post-Awards
- All applicants will be notified by email of the results of the competition by the end of January 2020.
- Successful applicants will be sent a Notice of Award. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the Acceptance of Award form and other required documents including the McGill Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) checklist, by the indicated date.
- Project start date must fall after the award has been approved.
7. Responsibilities of Successful Applicants
Successful Principal Investigators are required to:
- Spend all awarded funds within the granting period—no extensions will be permitted except in extremely extenuating circumstances;
- Provide a final report to HBHL within 30 days of the end of the granting period to retain access to all other HBHL funding programs; and
- Meet with the NeuroSphere business development team at the end of the granting period to discuss results and potential to apply to the Accelerate grant phase;
- Funded researchers, their collaborators and trainees are encouraged to attend educational, training and entrepreneurship events and or co-investigators and workshops offered by NeuroSphere.
All applications must be submitted online through the Ignite grant application form as a single PDF document. Please use the templates provided below.
Access the Proposal template (upload as part of single PDF application package)
In a maximum of 5 pages, describe the research project for which funding is requested. Refer to the evaluation criteria. Number the pages and indicate the Applicant’s name in the top right corner of each page. The Research Project should contain the following sections (with required space limitations):
Note: Applicant must include all the necessary information (including tables, figures and a list of references) within 5 pages (additional 1/2 page permitted for project SGBA+ and EDI description). Please note that extra pages will be removed from your application.
Access the Budget template (upload as part of single PDF application package)
Provide details of the anticipated expenses, and how they were calculated. Justify why these expenses are necessary to the project. Mention any relevant quotes from suppliers for materials or services >$10,000. Specify any co-funding contributions from collaborators, industrial partners or foundations.
Access the Biosketch template (upload as part of single PDF application package)
For each applicant and co-applicant, provide a maximum 2-page biosketch that includes: Name, Affiliation; Education/training; Employment/affiliations; Research funding in the past 4 years; Most significant contributions (e.g. publications) (up to five).
Applicant and co-applicant(s) are invited to describe any career interruptions to explain impact on productivity. If this option is chosen, an additional maximal half page (only for this purpose) may be added to their 2-page CV.
Note: Please do not submit biosketches for collaborators.