Funding opportunities

The Neuroscience Centre Zurich-McGill University

Neurodevelopmental Disorder Research Collaboration

Joint Pilot Research Projects

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


2021 competition

Application call

18 June 2021

Application deadline

15 August 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.

How to Apply

Please email applications to both Dr. Stefano Stifani (stefano.stifani [at] and Dr. Wolfgang Knecht (wknecht [at] Documents needed in a single pdf file:

  • Completed File application form  
  • CV/Biosketch of PIs including a maximum of 20 significant relevant and recent publications (maximum 3 pages)
  • Short biosketch 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.

To find research partners, please consult these pages: ZNZ and McGill University


Funding Call for Neuro Community Open Science Initiatives

The Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI) is requesting proposals from the Neuro community to identify and support Open Science initiatives.


The total TOSI funding for 2021 is CAD $50,000, and the goal is to fund 3-5 projects at CAD $5,000 - $20,000 per project.


Proposals may be submitted to the address below as of September 20, 2021.

The deadline for receiving proposals is October 20, 2021.

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