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Funding Opportunities

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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 web-page.  

Deadline for concept paper: Continuous

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 web-page.  

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 web-page.

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 web-page.  

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 web-page.  

Deadline: Continuous

Ontario Universities International

Ontario Universities International offers four exchange programs: Baden-Württemberg (Germany), Jiangsu (China), Maharashtra, Goa and New Delhi area (India), and Rhône-Alpes (France). 

Ontario/Jiangsu (China) Summer Research Program
offers four– month summer research opportunities for Canadian undergraduate and graduate students.
For application details, visit the Ontario/Jiangsu Research Program web-page
Deadline: January 31, 2019

Ontario/Rhône-Alpes (France) Program provides international study and research opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate level for students in science, engineering and health science disciplines; for 3 - month periods during the summer.
For application details, visit the Ontario/Rhône-Alpes (France) Program web-page. 
Agency Deadline: January 15, 2019 (check with Western International for internal deadline)

Ontario-India Short-Term Study Program offers opportunities to participate at Indian institutions under the supervision of faculty members at Indian institutions, 2-3 months at any time in the calendar year.
For application details, see the Ontario-India Study Program document. 
Deadline: January 31, 2019

OSSU Centre on Aging

The Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) is inviting proposals from qualified academic institutions to identify a Research Centre focused on supporting patient-oriented research into issues of aging and health in Ontario. This new centre will join with OSSU and its 13 Ontario-based research centres to advancing patient-oriented approaches to health and health systems research and to enhance the uptake of evidence to support better sustainable health care for Ontario. You can view the RFP at the OSSU website.

Proposals are to be submitted electronically to OSSU via email to by 3:00 pm eastern on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Please include “RFP – Centre on Aging” in the subject line. Questions regarding this RFP should be submitted to John Riley.
Deadline: January 17, 2019


The Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) is inviting proposals from qualified groups for additional end-of-grant funding to empower patient-oriented research projects to achieve broader impacts on health, health policy and the health system for Ontario. The EMPOWER Awards (Engaging Multi-stakeholders for Patient Oriented research Wider Effects & Reach) provide a structure (integrating the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit and its Research Centres) and funding (up to $25,000) to allow existing patient-oriented research projects that require additional support to have impacts. Applications are invited from research teams that have completed or are completing patient-oriented research studies that have demonstrable patient partnership. EMPOWER Awardees will be expected to also build patient partnership into their EMPOWER Award. EMPOWER Awards are for a maximum duration of six months. The RFP and relevant documents are available on the OSSU webpage.

Proposals are to be submitted electronically to OSSU via email to by 3:00 pm eastern on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Please include “RFP – EMPOWER Awards” in the subject line. Questions regarding this RFP should be submitted to Eddy Nason.
Deadline: January 31, 2019

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 web-page

Deadline: Continuous

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Insight Development Grants (IDG) support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. Funding is provided for short-term research development projects, of up to two years, proposed by individuals or teams.

Additional competition information can be found in the SSHRC PDF, the Research Western IDG web page and the SSHRC IDG website

Western Research Services (RS) Deadline: January 25, 2019 by 2:00 pm
SSHRC Application Deadline: February 4, 2018 by 2:00 pm

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

Updated: August 2018