Internal Funding Chairs
The Internal Funding Chairs, currently Drs Prado and Pruzsynski, provide oversight for all of the internal funding programs. Governance is as follows:
The Accelerator Grant Program
The Accelerator Grant Program is purposefully designed to push the limits of cognitive neuroscience and transform its landscape by supporting high-risk/high-reward research programs that could not be funded through traditional channels.
The Internal Funding Chairs assemble a review panel for each call that reflects the diversity of applications submitted as LOIs.
Each application has three reviewers with at least one external (to Western) reviewer. The review panel meets to discuss the highest scoring applications and reach a consensus on scoring and ranking. That consensus is then presented by the Chairs to the Executive Committee (EC) as a recommendation for funding. If either Co-Chair or an EC member is in conflict they are not party to the discussions.
Once the EC has decided on the funding line, the EC members without COIs are unblinded. This is to address any specific concerns brought up by the panel that require grant details, as well as to confirm compliance with CFREF regulations.
Full details about the Accelerator Program can be found here.
Accelerator Review Panel Members
The Accelerator Review Panel has a changing membership, reflecting the expertise necessary to review the applications received for each round. It will include members internal and external to Western.
Accelerator Review Panels for previous rounds can be found here.
The Research Excellence Award Program
The Research Excellence Award is a strategic internal funding opportunity with the explicit goal of supporting and increasing the external funding competitiveness of excellent but unfunded research grant applications to the CIHR project grant competitions. 'Excellent but unfunded' grants are those unsuccessful applications that are ranked in the top 22% of applications evaluated within a funding panel.
Administration of the program is overseen by the Chairs. They will review submissions for alignment with the BrainsCAN mandate and provide funding recommendations to the EC. There is no assessment of scientific merit by BrainsCAN since an eligible application has already been ranked within the top 22% of applications received for the external competition.
Full details about the Research Excellence Award Program can be found here.
The Registered Reports Funding Program
Registered Reports are a new way of reporting the results of empirical investigations in scientific journals. They foster high-quality transformational research that is open and reproducible. This new program, launching spring/summer 2021 will offer researchers support to use the RR format.
Administration of the program is overseen by the Chairs. They will review abstracts for alignment with the BrainsCAN mandate as well as the budget proposed and provide funding recommendations to the EC.
Full details about the Registered Reports Funding Program can be found here.