Weston Brain Institute: Rapid Response 2017 - PD-Related Diseases


I am writing on behalf of the Weston Brain Institute, which supports translational research to accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.  We are pleased to launch the Canada: Rapid Response 2017 program for PD-related diseases.

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Program Overview

Seed funding for novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research ideas to accelerate the development of safe and effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.


Up to $200,000 over up to 18 months


Principal applicants must be at or above the level of postdoctoral researcher at a CRA qualified institution located in Canada.

Project must involve the development of a therapeutic, and/or a tool to help accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging

Disease Groups

This program is run through alternating calls that are disease focused.

PD-related diseases:

PD, PSP, LBD, MS,  prodromes, and vascular contributions to the listed diseases

Currently open

AD-related diseases:

AD, FTD, MCI and prodromes, and vascular contributions to the listed diseases  

Launch: May 2017

Current Call

Important Dates

PD-related diseases

Program Information Session:

April 4th, 2017 at 1pm EDT (Register here)

Letter of Intent Deadline:

May 9th, 2017 at 2pm EDT

Anticipated Award:

October 2017


NEW for 2017

1.       Multiple calls per year, alternating between 2 different disease groups: AD-related & PD-related.

2.       Projects may now request up to $200,000 per project (previous years, $150,000) over up to 18 months.

3.       Applicants may appear in any role on any number of Letters of Intent (LOI).

For more information, please see the attached Request for Applications (RFA) or visit our website. Contact me with any questions, including whether a potential idea is in scope.

Thank you,


Cristina Tang, PhD | Senior Specialist, Research Programs, Weston Brain Institute | 22 St. Clair Ave. E, Toronto, Canada, M4T 2S3 | +1-416-965-5356 | cristina.tang@weston.ca | www.westonbraininstitute.ca



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