Funding Opportunities

AbbVie Investigator-Initiated Study (IIS) Program

For academic and community-based physicians and researchers worldwide interested in conducting their own research to apply for research support. See website for AbbVie's Therapeutic Areas of Interests.. 

For more information, visit the AbbVie.

Deadline for concept paper: Continuous

The Annual Dr. Benjamin Goldberg Research Grant Competition

The Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Western is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the annual Dr. Benjamin Goldberg Research Competition for 2019. 

This competition is open to any student (undergraduate or graduate) registered at the Western University Community.  Applications are also invited from students registered at other Universities or Colleges in southwestern Ontario.

In all cases, a member of the Western University faculty (who is eligible to hold research funds) must be listed as a Supervisor.  Applications from all academic departments will be accepted, without preference to any department, school, or faculty. Value of an award may range up to $3,000, with the actual value of each award being determined by the number of funded proposals and the quality of each proposal. The awards are not limited in scope – rather they are for any and all research projects which are of relevance to the understanding of the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of intellectual disabilities.

Interested candidates should complete the electronic application form found on our Developmental Disabilities Program. The application instructions are also available on the website.

The following rating criteria will be used to evaluate each submission:
Applicant (marked out of 5, includes experience, ability to complete the project, resources, supervision, etc.)
Project and Methodology (marked out of 5 points)
Relevance to Intellectual Disabilities (marked out of 5 points

Proposals must be received by March 31 of each year. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and whose work is judged to be relevant to the mission of the DDP will be considered for funding support. Recipients will be notified after the review process, and projects will be funded in the same academic year, beginning in May, or sooner if possible. Project completion dates will depend on the project description. 

Research grant recipients will be required to provide proof of publication of their findings in a peer-reviewed journal, OR to submit a summary of their research for publication in the 
Clinical Bulletin of the Developmental Disabilities Program. They will also be encouraged to present their research at the annual Developmental Disabilities Research Day.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Sarah O'Flanagan at

Arnold P. Gold Research Institute

The Foundation's will consider requests to fund in-person meetings of multi-institutional research teams to plan and write grants to submit to other funders for projects larger in scope than the Gold Foundation can support.
The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting teams' plans for research which links humanistic healthcare and health professions education to important patient, provider and systems outcomes. 

For more information, visit the Research Grants.  

Deadline: Continuous

Dana Foundation  

The program tends to focus on:
   1. Translating promising animal model interventions or clinical observations for treating devastating brain conditions or injuries into small-sale studies in humans with these conditions to see if the intervention shows any effect, and designing neuroethical guidelines for such studies;
   2. Identifying functions of specific neurons and neural networks involved in brain diseases or injuries and developing therapeutic interventions to alter these;
   3. Assessing outcomes of the effects of various therapies used to treat brain injuries, such as stroke. The program also occasionally considers studies of complex cognitive processes, such as creativity.

For more information, visit the Clinical Neuroscience Research Grant Program.

Deadline for preliminary proposals: Continuous

Early Phase Clinical Trials

Funding (up to $1.5m for up to 4 years) for clinical trials and/or clinical trial sub-studies with excellent preliminary data. 

For more information, visit the Weston Brain Institute.

Deadline: Continuous

Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics

FAST’s grants and fellowships program strives to encourage research aimed at finding a specific treatment for Angelman Syndrome. 

For more information, visit the Grant-In-Aid.

Deadline: Continuous

Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation

The PSI Foundation's support of health research is offered in through the following programs:
- Health Research Grants
- Healthcare Research by Community Physicians
- Educational Fellowships for Practicing Physicians
- Resident Research Grants
- P.S.I.F. Fellowship for Translational Research

In general, PSI applications from London researchers should be submitted through the Lawson Health Research. For more information, visit the PSI Foundation.

Deadline: Continuous

If you are aware of any funding opportunities pertaining to Psychiatry not captured above, please email Lindsay Cecile for inclusion. 

Updated: August 2018