Program Guidelines


Applications are due within two weeks of the publication of the Notice of Decision on ResearchNet from the CIHR Operating Grant Competition.

Applicant and Project Eligibility:

  • All applicants must hold an eligible academic appointment with a significant research component. Interdisciplinary and diverse research teams are encouraged. Submitted applications must clearly contribute to the strategic priorities of BrainsCAN.
  • A principle applicant may submit only one application per competition and may only hold one active Research Excellence Award at a time.

Application Process Summary:

  • Applications must be submitted to BrainsCAN by 4:30 pm on the deadline date via email to
  • Lead applicant will submit a ROLA proposal.
  • A submission will be reviewed by the Chairs of the BrainsCAN Accelerator Program for alignment with the BrainsCAN mandate - if within mandate, a funding recommendation will be made to the BrainsCAN Executive Committee.
  • Successful awardees will submit an EDI Action Plan as part of the Post-Award Package for review by the BrainsCAN EDI Committee before release of funds can occur.
  • At the end of the award, the PI must complete a Close-Out Report.

Important Documents: