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

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

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

Seed Fund Competition

2022 Call Coming Soon

AMOSO Opportunities Fund

Completed Opportunities Fund applications for the Spring 2020 Opportunities Fund Call are to be sent electronically to the AMOSO office at no later than midnight on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. AMOSO will send an email confirmation of receipt. Any proposals received after this deadline will not be considered.

The Opportunities Fund was established in 2002 by the Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario (AMOSO) to support local physician compensation for teaching and research projects. The fund was created by an allocation of academic funding provided to the London Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) through the AHSC Alternate Funding Plan (AFP) and is held twice annually in Spring and Fall.

Please see below for important Guidelines:

The Opportunities Fund Guideline #1 states: the proposal must be compensation for a new academic role for an existing AFP Participating Physician or a new AFP Participating Physician recruit. To clarify:

a) A New AFP Participating Physician recruit is a newly trained MD within the first five years of AFP membership and has not previously been funded by the AMOSO Opportunities Fund.

b) A New Academic Role is an existing AFP Physician in a New Role, with new deliverables. A New Role is supported by a New Academic Role Category (ARC) or a substantiated change of role with respect to research within an existing ARC. The application must include a justification letter from the Department Chair describing the New Role with new deliverables and should also disclose if other compensation has been provided for this physician for the New Role. Some examples of what the AMOSO Opportunities Fund Sub-Committee may consider to be a New Role could include a new role to develop a new program in; research, education, administration, ethics etc. or enrollment in the ICES Scholars program. Please Note: The AMOSO Opportunities Fund is not intended to support pre-existing research or the extension of research along the same lines of current research, please contact the AMOSO Opportunities Fund Sub-Committee Chair Dr. Janet Pope if further clarification is required.

*Please find attached the Opportunities Fund Success Rates based on AFP Practice Plan for your reference*

Opportunities Fund Documentation

The application forms, application instructions, guidelines, and information on the adjudication process and a list of all approved prior projects for the Opportunities Fund can be found on the AMOSO website here (Username: amoso Password: afpfunding).

If you have any questions, please contact:
Ms. Patricia Telfer, Executive Director of AMOSO – or,
The AMOSO Team –

Thank you!

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

Updated: August 2018