Funding Programs

Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) was developed to increase the connectedness, scope, scale, success and impact of neuroscience and mental health research, education and translation in Alberta. CAN’s best avenues for impact are through bringing people together to develop and enhance collaborations. CAN offers six programs to support the collaborative engagement of Alberta’s neuroscience community.

Team Formation

This program is designed to support the development, establishment and expansion of cross-campus collaborations and teams.
The program supports neuroscience and mental health researchers and trainees from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge engaging in initial collaborative discussions, as well as meetings of research groups and networks. The Team Formation Program offers reimbursement of up to $2,500 in travel and meeting costs (within Alberta) to bring researchers together to develop productive collaborations in neuroscience and mental health research and/or translation.

Team Formation – Phase 2

Team Formation – Phase 2 is designed to support the expansion of existing cross-campus collaborations and teams focused on neuroscience or mental health research, education or translation in Alberta.
The purpose of this Phase 2 program is to facilitate team activities that are required to develop or advance strategy, programs, robust network organization, team research, education and/or translation projects/products, or other significant elements required for the team to deliver the above. The Team Formation – Phase 2 Program will provide up to $10,000 for a term of up to one year.

Academic Exchange

Campus Alberta Neuroscience Academic Exchange (CANAE) Program
Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) offers this program to support neuroscience and mental health exchange visitors to the affiliated Alberta institutions: University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge. The long-term goal of the program is to strengthen research, clinical, education and translation collaborations among the three universities.

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Trainee Mobility

Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) offers this program to enrich the experience of neuroscience and mental health trainees through increased collaboration and connection across campuses. The Trainee Mobility program supports short-term visits between the three Alberta research institutions: University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge, by neuroscience and mental health trainees. These short-term exchanges will facilitate knowledge-sharing among trainees and scholars across the Campus Alberta Neuroscience network.

International Scholars

Campus Alberta Neuroscience International Scholars (CANIS) Program
This program supports short-term, but substantive, visits to Alberta by prominent international neuroscience and mental health scholars. These up-to-two week exchanges will enable knowledge sharing across the Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) network. Through increased international discussion and connection, the CANIS program supports the development and enhancement of inter-campus collaborations within Alberta. Visiting scholars will normally visit two or three of the affiliated Alberta institutions (University of Alberta, University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge) during their visit.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Program
Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) offers the Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Program to enrich the experience of neuroscience and mental health trainees through increased collaboration, skill transfer and mentorship across campuses. We aim to attract the best and brightest new scholars to Alberta, providing them with professional training opportunities and ensuring successful research career trajectories in neuroscience or mental health related fields.

OVERVIEW

These one- or two-year fellowships offer a rich training opportunity in a multi-institutional collaborative research program across CAN’s affiliated institutions: University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge. Recipients of the CAN PDF award will typically carry out their research activities at two of CAN’s affiliated institutions. Recipients will engage in research and training activities at their home institution, while also maintaining significant collaboration and connection to their partner institution.

PARTNERED AWARD – Dementia

The 2017 CAN Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition is focused on Alberta research in dementia and is offered in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories and Alzheimer Society of Calgary. Information from the funding partners is as follows:

Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories

The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories is working to change the face of dementia and improve the quality of life for those with the disease. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The Society offers Help for Today through a network of educational and support services for those with dementia and their care partners, and Hope for Tomorrow by funding research into effective treatments and finding a cure for this devastating disease.

Click here for more information.

Alzheimer Society of Calgary

The Alzheimer Society of Calgary is a trusted ally striving to increase the capacity of people with dementia, their families and formal and informal care partners in Calgary and surrounding geographic region by connecting these individuals and care providers with high quality, evidenced-based knowledge and services. Our exclusive focus is on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, which enables us to integrate and apply best and emerging practices, as well as leading edge knowledge and research to the pursuit of a transformed culture of care that reflects a person-centered, strength-based, inclusive approach that respects diversity in all of its forms.

The following are examples of the Alzheimer Society of Calgary’s research interests:

  • The effect of multimodal intervention (e.g. exercise, cognitive stimulation, diet) on women diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early dementia
  • Exercise intervention on people with dementia
  • Multi-domain intervention on people with pre-clinical dementia or MCI
  • Speech-language therapy to improve communication in individuals with early dementia
  • Effect of Cilostazol on cognitive function in individuals with MCI

Campus Alberta Neuroscience is working with its partners to offer additional Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities in other areas of neuroscience and mental health.

ELIGIBILITY

Funding is available for up to two (2) awards in the area of dementia, including basic, translational, clinical, functional and social-behavioural research. Successful applications will meet the following general criteria:

  • Joint supervision across at least two affiliated Alberta campuses, including a feasible plan for interaction and collaboration between the sites;
  • Proposed research plan addresses understanding, mechanisms, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and/or care of dementia or related disorders;
  • Explicit statement defining the relevance of the proposed research to dementia and/or related disorders;
  • Potential for impact in dementia research/care in Alberta and beyond.

HOW TO APPLY

Download the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Guidelines for instructions on how to apply to this program and refer to the Forms section on this page for required application documents.

Applications are due via email on Friday, June 2, 2017 by 4:00pm MDT. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.

Timeline:

  • Announcement: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
  • Application Deadline: Friday, June 2, 2017
  • Notice of Decision: approximately July 4, 2017
  • Earliest Commencement of Funding: August 1, 2017

QUESTIONS

If you are interested in applying to this program and require further information, please contact Campus Alberta Neuroscience at (403) 220-2422 or [email protected].

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Conference Support

Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) offers support for organizers of Alberta-based conferences related to neuroscience and mental health research, education, and translation. This program is designed exclusively to support and facilitate trainee attendance at conferences held by CAN’s three affiliated institutions (University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge) or by other relevant organizations holding conferences in Alberta. By promoting and facilitating trainee attendance, this program supports the establishment and expansion of cross campus neuroscience and mental health networks and collaborations within Alberta.

Making an Expense Claim

Travel and Expense Claims Reimbursement Procedure
All successful applicants of a Campus Alberta Neuroscience program must submit a Research Accounting Expense Claim form with original receipts and supporting documentation.

All expense claim forms are reimbursed according to the University of Calgary’s Travel and Expense Claim Handbook . The process for submitting claims may vary slightly depending on the applicant’s home institution. Please see the Program Expense Claim Guidelines before submitting an expense claim.

Note to CANAE Award Recipients:

The procedure for submitting expense claims and receiving reimbursement differs for recipients of the Campus Alberta Neuroscience Academic Exchange (CANAE) award. Please consult the CANAE Program Guidelines for more information. Questions regarding CANAE Program claims and reimbursements should be directed to Dr. Peter Smith, Department of Pharmacology, University of Alberta, at peter.a.smith (at) ualberta.ca.

If you have any questions in regard to completion of the Expense Claim form, please contact Campus Alberta Neuroscience at (403) 220-2422 or [email protected].

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Partnered Opportunities

Campus Alberta Neuroscience works with its partners to increase capacity and impact of Alberta neuroscience and mental health research through partnered funding opportunities.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES


There are no partnered opportunities available at this time.

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