Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR): Transforming autism research, training and care -- improving lives via Open Science

ACAR - Funding

Funding opportunities: Exploring new research trends, enhancing learning and extending collaborative networks through competitive funding opportunities

Current opportunities
Joint Pilot Project Grant Funding Opportunity in Neurodevelopment and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: ZNZ-McGill Partnership

McGill University and the University of Zurich/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology represented by the Neuroscience Center Zurich (ZNZ) have partnered to establish collaborative research and training opportunities in neuroscience.

Within the framework of this collaboration, we invite applications for competitive Joint Pilot Project Grants to support collaborative work in the area of neurodevelopmental disorders. Focus can be on fundamental or clinical/applied research.

The goal of these projects is to foster scientific excellence through collaboration. It is anticipated that data generated through these collaborations will allow researchers to pursue more comprehensive joint external research funding.

Proposals are invited for up to two 1-year Pilot Project Grants. A collaborative application should involve investigators at McGill and ZNZ and should have the support of the two institutions. Each partner will contribute a total of CAN$50,000 or CHF38,000 to this collaboration. Thus, each joint application can request a maximum of CAN$25,000 from McGill and a maximum of CHF19,000 from ZNZ.

High-risk/high impact approaches are encouraged: in these cases, risk will be evaluated against the potential to deliver ground-breaking results.

Proposals should clearly demonstrate the added value of the planned joint research that would not be possible without the collaboration, and how planned joint research will provide training opportunities.

The partners acknowledge generous funding from the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR) and the Neuroscience Centre Zurich.

Key Dates
Call for applications June 30, 2022
Submission deadline August 12, 2022
Decision expected September 2022
Costs
Eligible Costs Non-Eligible Costs
  • Salary of a student, research assistant or postdoc
  • Research consumable costs
  • Equipment costs
  • Travel to foster collaboration, and per diem costs to cover accommodation and reasonable out of pocket expenses during travel (if travel is possible based on the Covid-19 situation)
  • Salaries of Principle Investigators
  • Visitor fees, student fees, or bench fees
  • Honoraria for guest lecturers
  • Publication costs
Review Process

An ad hoc Joint Review Panel composed of ZNZ and McGill Principle Investigators will review applications according to the following criteria:

  • Quality and originality of the proposed activities
  • Added value of the joint research project
  • Alignment with the priority area described above
  • Track record of the applicants
  • Evidence that the proposed research might lead to a continuing collaboration between the partner laboratories
  • Demonstrated potential for enhancement of training of students/fellows

Each partner institution will establish a review committee of 3-5 senior researchers to conduct the first review of the proposals. The recommendations of these two committees will be forwarded to the Joint Review Panel, which may choose to seek further scientific expert advice if deemed necessary in order to reach a consensus on recommendations for funding.

Funding recommendations may take into consideration the longer-term strategic objectives of the partnership; or other factors deemed appropriate. The Panel’s decision will be final and there will be no appeal procedure.

The Joint Review Panel reserves the right to not award any grants. 

Applicants may not take part in the review process.

How to Apply

Please email applications to both stefano.stifani [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. Stefano Stifani) and wknecht [at] neuroscience.uzh.ch (Dr. Wolfgang Knecht).

Documents needed in a single pdf file:

  • Completed application form: File McGill-ZNZ 2022 Application Form
  • CV/Bio-sketch of PIs including a list of publications in the last five years (maximum 3 pages)
  • Short bio-sketch of any listed collaborators (publication list not required)
  • A budget including justification of all costs requested

At the end of the project, a brief report detailing achievements is required. This should highlight key results, potential impact, student mobility, presentations at conferences, abstracts, and publications. Any publications arising from an award must acknowledge the support from this scheme.

Should a project cease for any reason, including project end, unspent funds will be returned to the partnership.

Find Research Partner(s)

The following websites can be consulted to find research partners at ZNZ and McGill University:

 

Joint Pilot Project Grant Funding Opportunity: University of Edinburgh-McGill Partnership

McGill University and The University of Edinburgh have partnered to establish collaborative research and training opportunities in neuroscience.

Within the framework of this collaboration, the partners announce a call for applications for competitive Joint Pilot Project Grants to support collaborative work in the following research areas:

  1. autism/neurodevelopmental conditions
  2. intellectual disabilities (with particular focus on studies using human induced pluripotent stem cells).

The objective of these pilot projects will be to build on synergistic interactions between the two universities to establish long-standing collaborations, ideally leading to joint external research grant applications.

Proposals are invited for one 1-year Joint Pilot Project Grant in each of the two research areas identified above, to support new or ongoing collaborations.

The maximum total amount that can be requested for each application is C$80,000; each university will contribute C$40,000 per grant.

High-risk approaches will be considered. In these cases, risk will be evaluated against the potential to deliver ground breaking results. 

Applications should involve one McGill-affiliated principal investigator (PI) and one University of Edinburgh-affiliated PI. Each PI can participate in maximally one application. Early-career principle investigators are encouraged to apply.

Proposals should clearly demonstrate:

  • the added value of the planned joint research.
  • how planned joint research will provide training opportunities for at least one trainee (MSc, PhD, MD students or postdoctoral fellows).

It is anticipated that data generated through these collaborations will allow researchers to pursue more comprehensive joint external research funding.

Key Dates
Call for applications June 15, 2022
Submission deadline August 1, 2022
Decision expected September 2022
Costs
Eligible Costs Non-Eligible Costs

Funds can be requested for:

  • Directly incurred costs of the research project, including laboratory consumables
  • Costs of regular meetings and exchanges between collaborating laboratories (some of these exchanges may occur virtually in 2022-2023 depending of the Covid-19 situation)
  • Salaries of PIs
  • Visitor fees, student fees, or bench fees (either University will not charge fees on collaborative activities funded under this scheme)
  • Honoraria for guest lecturers
  • Costs of publication
  • Significant items of equipment (over C$ 1,000)
      Review Process

      An ad hoc Joint Review Panel composed of McGill and University of Edinburgh PIs will review applications according to the following criteria:

      • Quality and originality of the proposed activities
      • Alignment with the priority areas described above
      • Track record of the applicants
      • Evidence that the proposed research might lead to a continuing collaboration between the partner laboratories
      • Demonstrated potential for enhancement of training of students/fellows

      Each partner institution will establish a review committee of approximately 3-5 senior researchers to conduct the first review of the proposals. The recommendations of these two committees will be forwarded to the Joint Review Panel, which may choose to seek further scientific expert advice if deemed necessary to reach a consensus on recommendations for funding.

      Funding recommendations may take into consideration the longer-term strategic objectives of the partnership as agreed at that time; or other factors deemed appropriate.

      The Panel’s decision will be final and there will be no appeal procedure.

      The Joint Review Panel reserves the right to not award any grants.

      Applicants may not take part in the review process.

      How to Apply

      For each application, PIs will need to send electronically:

      • Completed application form: File Application Form
      • Biosketch of PIs including a list of significant recent publications
      • Short biosketch of any listed collaborators (publication list not required)
      • A budget including justification of all costs requested

      At project end, pilot projects and workshops should provide a brief (normally 1-page max) report detailing achievements. This should highlight key results, potential impacts of continued research in the area, student mobility, abstracts, talks at scientific meetings, funding applications, publications in preparation, and any media highlights.

      Any publications generated as a result of an award must acknowledge the partnership specifically referring to support from ‘The University of Edinburgh/McGill University Neuroscience Collaboration”. Investigators should update the partnership coordinators on the progress of publications arising from these awards. Should a project cease for any reason, including project end, unspent funds will be returned to the partnership.

      Please email applications to both stefano.stifani [at] mcgill.ca and head.cdbs [at] ed.ac.uk

      Find Research Partner(s) 

      The following websites can be consulted to find research partners at the University of Edinburgh and McGill University:

       


      Previous opportunities
      Azrieli Awards in Neurodevelopment

      This ACAR program offers seed funding through a competitive peer-review process for researchers undertaking innovative projects focused on autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions. Applications with a strong translational emphasis are encouraged.

      Awards are granted to fundamental, clinical, and/or applied sciences projects that can demonstrate concrete advancements in the field and improve the lives of people with autism and their families.

      Recipients of the Azrieli Award in Neurodevelopment are expected to actively participate in ACAR’s activities and provide progress and financial reports at the end of the award period.

      Learn more about previous awardee projects.

      Eligibility:
      • The principal investigator must be a researcher holding a full-time academic appointment at The Neuro, McGill Centre for Research in Neuroscience, or other McGill institutes/departments.
      • Co-investigators can be researchers from McGill University or external institutions.
      • Collaborations with members of the Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC) are encouraged.
      • Principal investigators that have held or currently hold an Azrieli Award in Neurodevelopment are not eligible to apply.
      Amount and Duration: Up to three non‐renewable awards of up to $85,000 each for a period of 1-2 years.
      Admissible Expenses: All research operating costs are admissible (salary for trainees, consumables, equipment) if adequate justification is provided in the budget.
      Evaluation Criteria:
      • Scientific quality of the research project and relevance to autism or related conditions (clarity of the aims and hypothesis, relevance of the proposed methodology and analyses) (50%)
      • Feasibility, including available resources, applicant experience, research team experience and environment of the research (30%)
      • Project originality and contribution to the advancement of knowledge, translational impact for autism or related conditions (20%)
      Evaluation Process:
      • Awarded through a competitive peer-review process.
      • A grant evaluation committee will review the applications based on the evaluation criteria above.
      • Final funding recommendations may take into consideration the strategic objectives of ACAR, or other factors deemed appropriate.
      Required Documentation:
      • Format: PDF, single-spaced, Arial font, 11pts, 2.5cm margins
      • Project identification (1 page)
        • Title of research project
        • Identification of participating researchers and expertise
        • Project summary including its goals, originality, feasibility and foreseeable impact
      • Project description (5 pages maximum including figures, excluding references)
        • Context, objectives, hypothesis, methods and analyses
        • Feasibility of the proposed research, available resources and environment
        • Translational impact of the research project
        • Expected deliverables (scientific results, publications, knowledge transfer)
      • Budget justification (1 page)
      • CIHR version of Canadian Common CV of applicant and collaborators (Project Grant version).
      Anticipated award announcement:

      The 2021 application period is now closed. Learn more about the 2021 award recipients


       

      Azrieli Science Grants Program

      The program has three main objectives: 
      1) Enable scientific advances in basic and translational neuroscience 
      2) Bring new ideas and talent to the field of neurodevelopmental disorders 
      3) Catalyze collaborative networks of neuroscience researchers around specific research themes.

      “RNA and the Brain” will support research projects that deepen  understanding of the molecular events downstream of RNA transcription that diversify gene expression and function in embryonic and early postnatal development of the nervous system. Applications will be evaluated by an international peer-review committee who will score and rank applications and provide recommendations to the Azrieli Foundation.

      The competition is now closed. 

      More information on the 2020 competition

      Azrieli "Back on Track from COVID-19" Grant

      The Azrieli Foundation "Back on Track from COVID-19” grant addresses the interruption to biomedical research laboratories and clinical research as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. The funds are intended to cover additional costs to research incurred by facility shutdown, changes in work plans due to social distancing, assisting graduate student progress to complete research, and overall to partially mitigate the loss of promising discoveries and ideas.

      The Back on Track grants are directed towards clinical researchers and laboratory-based scientists working in the area of neurodevelopmental disorders.

      The competition is now closed. 

      For more information: Azrieli Foundation Back on Track from COVID-19

      Azrieli Neuroimmune System and Brain Development Grant 

      The Azrieli Foundation has launched a 2021 request for applications (RFA) for “The Neuroimmune System and Brain Development” grant. In their call for applications, the Foundation seeks to support hypothesis-driven, mechanistic research projects that explore the role played by inflammatory and immune processes in neural development and their effects on the pathophysiology of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). The long-term vision is that discoveries made possible by this RFA could lead to the development of mechanism-based interventions that address the fundamental molecular and physiological features that underlie neurodevelopmental conditions.

      Individual or team projects will be funded to a maximum of CDN $150,000 per year for a maximum of three years.

      The 2021 Competition is now closed. The deadline for letters of intent was May 14, 2021. 

      For more information: Azrieli Foundation Funding Opportunity Announcement (2021)

      International Partnerships

      Joint Pilot Project Grant: The University of Edinburgh/McGill University Neuroscience Collaboration

      McGill University and The University of Edinburgh have partnered to establish collaborative research and training opportunities in Neuroscience. This partnership focusses on the following three main areas:

      1. Autism/neurodevelopmental conditions
      2. Intellectual disabilities (with particular focus on studies using human induced pluripotent stem cells)
      3. Neurodegenerative diseases.

      Within the framework of this collaboration, the partners announce a call for applications for competitive Joint Pilot Project Grants to support collaborative work in the three identified research areas. The objective of these pilot projects will be to build on synergistic interactions between the two universities to establish long-standing collaborations, ideally leading to joint external research grant applications. 

      The competition is now closed. 


      The Neuroscience Centre Zurich-McGill University Neurodevelopmental Disorder Research Collaboration Grant

      McGill University and the University of Zurich/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology represented by the Neuroscience Center Zurich (ZNZ) have partnered to establish collaborative research and training opportunities in neuroscience. Within the framework of this collaboration, we invite applications for competitive Joint Pilot Project Grants to support collaborative work in the area of neurodevelopmental disorders. Focus can be on fundamental or clinical/applied research. The goal of these projects is to foster scientific excellence through collaboration. It is anticipated that data generated through these collaborations will allow researchers to pursue more comprehensive joint external research funding.

      Proposals are invited for up to two 1-year Grants. A collaborative application should involve investigators at McGill and ZNZ and should have the support of the two institutions. The maximum total amount that can be requested for each joint application is CAN$50,000 or CHF 37,150. High-risk/high impact approaches are encouraged: in these cases, risk will be evaluated against the potential to deliver ground-breaking results. Proposals should clearly demonstrate the added value of the planned joint research that would not be possible without the collaboration, and how planned joint research will provide training opportunities.

      The partners acknowledge generous funding from the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research and the Neuroscience Centre Zurich.

      Key Dates

      Application call

      June 18, 2021

      Application deadline

      August 15, 2021

      Decision expected

      September 2021

      Eligible Costs: Salary of a student, research assistant or postdoc, research consumable costs, equipment costs, travel to foster collaboration, and per diem costs to cover accommodation and reasonable out of pocket expenses during travel.

      Non-eligible Costs: Salaries of Principle Investigators, visitor fees, student fees, or bench fees, honoraria for guest lecturers, and publication costs.

      Review Process

      An ad hoc Joint Review Panel composed of ZNZ and McGill Principle Investigators will review applications according to the following criteria:

      • Quality and originality of the proposed activities
      • Alignment with the priority area described above
      • Track record of the applicants
      • Evidence that the proposed research might lead to a continuing collaboration between the partner laboratories
      • Demonstrated potential for enhancement of training of students/fellows

      Each partner institution will establish a review committee of 3-5 senior researchers to conduct the first review of the proposals. The recommendations of these two committees will be forwarded to the Joint Review Panel, which may choose to seek further scientific expert advice if deemed necessary in order to reach a consensus on recommendations for funding. Funding recommendations may take into consideration the longer-term strategic objectives of the partnership; or other factors deemed appropriate. The Panel’s decision will be final and there will be no appeal procedure. The Joint Review Panel reserves the right to not award any grants. Applicants may not take part in the review process.

      The competition is now closed.

      For more information: 

      Dr. Stefano Stifani, McGill University
      stefano.stifani [at] mcgill.ca

      Dr. Wolfgang Knecht, ZNZ
      wknecht [at] neuroscience.uzh.ch

      Open Science Funding Opportunities

      The Neuro – Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes

      The Neuro-Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes, sponsored by the Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation, is an initiative in its third year from The Neuro’s Tanenbaum Open Science Institute. The Prizes recognize projects, services, tools, and platforms that unlock the power of Open Science in neuroscience to advance research, innovation, and collaboration for the benefit of health and society.  The Neuro-Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes will be presented by a representative of the Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation at the virtual Neuro Open Science in Action Symposium taking place November 23-24, 2021.

      The competition is now closed.

      Learn more

      The Neuro logo McGill logoMcGill University Health Centre logoKillam Laureates

       

      The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.

       

       

      FacebookinstagramtwitterlinkedInyoutube

      Back to top