Guidelines & Applications

Spring Round
Webform Letter of Intent Due To be announced
Application Deadline To be announced


The BrainsCAN Accelerator Program is a strategic internal funding opportunity with the explicit goal of increasing and accelerating interdisciplinary research within the BrainsCAN initiative and, where appropriate, with our partners. The Accelerator Awards promote curiosity-driven research and high-impact projects in the area of cognitive neuroscience, with the understanding that these may also be high-risk. This commitment to supporting fundamental, blue-sky scientific research will advance understanding of the brain—in health and disease—across the lifespan.

Applicant and Project Eligibility:

  • All applicants must hold an eligible academic appointment with a significant research component. Interdisciplinary and diverse research teams are encouraged.
      • A researcher may submit one application per call as a lead applicant. There is no limit to submissions as a co-applicant.
  • Projects must clearly contribute to the strategic priorities of BrainsCAN (See BrainsCAN Alignment/Steering document). All project types are acceptable from discovery-based science to end-user translational research. Projects should be novel and not currently funded from any other source
        • Stimulus Projects: Generally $25,000 to $100,000 for 3 months to 1 year
        • Full Accelerator Program: Generally over $100,000 per year for 1 to 3+ years

Application Process Summary:

      • Accelerator Stimulus:
      1. Stimulus applications must be submitted to BrainsCAN by 4:30 pm on the deadline date via email to
      2. Lead applicant will submit a ROLA proposal. 
      • Full Accelerator:
      1. Full Accelerator applications must be submitted, following successful completion of a Stimulus project or approval of a Stimulus Waiver, by 4:30 pm on the deadline date via email to
      2. Lead applicant will submit a ROLA proposal.

Important Documents: