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Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program

Application deadline: August 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST
Funding available: $1,000 to $100,000

This funding will help non-profit organizations, local services boards, or Indigenous groups develop programs for seniors that focus on combatting social isolation, promoting seniors' safety and well-being, improving financial security, and making communities age friendly. Grants will fund projects focusing on: Helping older individuals and couples receive the support they need in their community; ensure seniors are less at risk for neglect, abuse and fraud, and that their rights and dignity are protected; ensure more adults are connected and engaged, reducing social isolation; and provide more opportunities for older adults in employment and volunteering, achieving greater financial security and engagement within the community.

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Retired Teachers of Ontario

Application Deadline: August 14, 2020

Funding available: Up to $4000

Each year, RTOERO districts can apply for grants of up to $4000 for a charity at which members volunteer. Since the inception of this grant program 20 years ago, we have donated $1.6 million to 503 programs and projects.

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CIHR Team Grant: More Years Better Lives (MYBL) 2020

Expression of Interest deadline (optional but encouraged): August 14, 2020
Full proposal to More Years Better Lives: September 14, 2020
Abbreviated Application to CIHR deadline: September 15, 2020
Funding available: The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $500,000, enough to fund approximately 2 grants.

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are how demographic change is altering the implicit contract between generations and how policy can ensure that change results in a reduction, rather than an increase, in inequality.

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Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF) | Learning, Environment & Seniors Funding

Application deadline: August 17, 2020
Funding available: $1,000 to $20,000

Hamilton Community Foundation is looking for initiatives that: Support seniors from historically marginalized communities including, but not limited to, newcomer and Indigenous communities; Provide opportunities to combat social isolation; Support senior women; Address gaps identified through the “Hamilton’s Plan for an Age-Friendly City” and/or issues identified in HCF’s Vital Signs update on seniors.


Department of Defense Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson’s Funding 2020

Letter of Intent Deadline: August 18, 2020
Application Deadline: September 16, 2020
Funding available:
Early Investigator Research Award Maximum $400,000 for direct and indirect costs for up to 2 years.
Investigator-Initiated Research Award Maximum $1.2M for direct and indirect costs for up to 3 years.
Synergistic Idea Award Maximum $3M for direct and indirect costs for up to 4 years.

The Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson's program was initiated in 1997 to provide support for research of exceptional scientific merit leading to an understanding of the cause, prevention, and treatment of the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra that result in PD. Projects examine neurodegenerative mechanisms and compensatory effects that compromise motor, autonomic, and cognitive systems that are characteristic alterations in PD patients and also present performance and health risks for military personnel.

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Government of Canada New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Exploration 2020 Grant

Notification of Intent (NOI) to Apply: August 18, 2020 8 p.m. EST
Application deadline: October 20, 2020 8 p.m. EST
Funding available: Up to $125,000 up to 2 years (total available funding $25M over 2 years)

The Exploration grant goal is to inspire high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research. Exploration grants support research that pushes boundaries into exciting new areas. Researchers are encouraged to think “outside of the box,” undertake research that would defy current paradigms, and bring disciplines together in unexpected ways and from bold, innovative perspectives. Exploration stream grants support projects that bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches; propose to explore something new, which might fail; and have the potential for significant impact. Exploration grants support research with a range of impacts, some of which might be social, cultural, economic, health-related, or technological. This list is not exhaustive; other types of impacts are also recognized. Diversity of perspectives is important, and the fund encourages research proposals led from any discipline, from those in the social sciences and humanities, to health, the natural sciences and engineering.

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CIHR Operating Grant: Active and Assisted Living Program – Healthy Aging with the Support of Digital Solutions

Application deadline: August 24, 2020
Funding available: Up to $353,000 CAD. This may increase if additional funding partners participate

This call is promoting a life course approach to health and wellbeing. Proposals could consider the applicability of the proposed solutions to other population groups where appropriate, for example, the transition phase from working life to retirement. Proposed solutions should meet the needs of end-users, be it seniors, their carers or institutions providing care.

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CityLAB Hamilton Faculty Challenge

Application deadline: Accepting applications now for projects that will start in September 2020

Do you have an idea to make Hamilton a healthier, sustainable, and vibrant place? CityLAB challenges are: 1) Directly related to City priorities, strategies, or plans; 2) Mutually beneficial to the city and students by providing value for staff and excellent learning opportunities for students; 3) Solving problems both big and small by encouraging innovative and sustainable solutions. If your project has a longer timeline, CItyLAB is happy to accept your challenge and work on finding a suitable partner.

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Future Skills Centre: Shock Proofing the Future

Application deadline: Proposals will be accepted/reviewed on a rolling basis until September 1, 2020.
Funding available: $25,000 to $2.5M (total available funding is $15M)

Workers hit by Covid-19 need funding for rapid skills development. As the next step in our pandemic response plan, this $15-million call for proposals for labour market innovations is to help build resiliency in the face of social and economic shock. There are 3 streams: Research, Innovation Project, or Network. Applicants should notify the following contact person for each stream: Research: Sean Kinnear, kinnes@mcmaster.ca; Pilots (Innovation) and Networks: Suzanne Ferenczi ferenczs@mcmaster.ca

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NIA Planning Projects for Clinical Trials on Effects of Sustained Reductions in Caloric Intake and Related Dietary Practices in Younger and Older Persons (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Letter of Intent deadline: September 1, 2020
Application deadline: October 1, 2020
Funding available: NIA intends to commit up to $1.85 million in FY 2021 to fund up to two awards

This funding opportunity announcement invites applications for three-year planning projects for trials in either of two age ranges (25 to <50 or = 50 years of age) to determine the effects of sustained (e.g., Five-year) caloric restriction (CR) and other interventions that modify the amount, timing, or composition of nutrient intake on risk factors for aging-related conditions and mechanisms that may influence health span and longevity.

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NIA Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01 – Clinical Trial Optional): 

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NIA Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R21 – Clinical Trial Optional):

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Application deadline: September 7, 2020
Funding available: Project dependent (see funding call)

This call encourages research grant applications focused on palliative care in geriatric populations in settings including hospitals (and specific sites within hospitals including specialty medical or surgical wards, intensive care units, and emergency departments), post-acute care settings, outpatient clinics and doctors' offices, patients' homes and other residential settings, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospices, and other healthcare or community settings. 


JPI Joint Call for Proposals on Equality and Wellbeing Across Generations

Application deadline: September 14, 2020
Funding available: The total amount available from CIHR is $500,000 CAD

This call aims to support policy in reducing inequality in the face of demographic change. The call seeks proposals for research which will improve our understanding of how demographic change is altering the implicit contract between generations and how policy can ensure that change reduces inequality instead of increasing it. Specifically, the call deals with three aspects of inequality: Income and wealth, caring responsibilities, and social and political participation.

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Sony Research Award Program

Application Deadline: September 15, 2020
Faculty Innovation Award: Up to $100,000 USD to conduct research in the areas of Sony’s general interest More information
Focused Research Award: Up to $150,000 USD to conduct research in the areas of Sony’s immediate interest More information


AMS Healthcare: Compassion and Artificial Intelligence Small Grant Program

Application Deadline: September 16, 2020
Funding available: Up to $20,000

AMS Healthcare is offering grants of up to $20,000 to support projects that will generate new knowledge or translate existing knowledge on the impact of digital technology and artificial intelligence on compassionate health care.

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NIA Novel Mechanism Research on Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Alzheimer's Dementia (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Application deadline: October 5, 2020; February 5, 2021
Funding available: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect proposed project needs

The goal of this call is to encourage applications for studies that will enhance knowledge of mechanisms associated with neuropsychiatric symptoms in persons with Alzheimer's disease or Alzheimer's disease-related dementias. This call uses the R01 mechanism, while the companion call PAR-20-159 uses the R21 mechanism. High risk/high payoff projects that lack preliminary data or utilize existing data may be most appropriate for the R21 mechanism.

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NIA Novel Mechanism Research on Neuropsychiatric Symptoms (NPS) in Alzheimer's Dementia (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)

Application deadline: October 16, 2020; February 16, 2021
Funding available: The combined budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $275,000, and no more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year

This call is to encourage applications for studies that will enhance knowledge of mechanisms associated with neuropsychiatric symptoms in persons with Alzheimer's disease or Alzheimer's disease-related dementia. PAR-20-157 uses the R01 grant mechanism, while PAR-20-159 uses the R21 mechanism. High risk/high payoff projects that lack preliminary data or utilize existing data may be most appropriate for the R21 mechanism.


The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is pleased to announce that a new funding program targeting brain health research will be launched this week for Canadian researchers. The $7M pilot initiative is designed to support research examining the impact of lifestyle and microbiome on the maintenance of optimal brain health and the prevention or delay of neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

In this pilot round, funding of up to $1.5M over three years will be available for Canadian researchers who propose projects that, if successful, will deliver substantial measurable impact on the brain health of Canadians. Projects should aim to evaluate the link between brain health and lifestyle approaches, microbiome constitution, or both.

This program is being offered by the Foundation in addition to the existing funding programs targeting interventional neuroscience research and microbiome research. Watch for more information on this program at westonfoundation.org, or send any queries to brainhealth@westonfoundation.ca.


Dementia Consortium

Application deadlines: Expression of Interest is reviewed every two months, while full applications (invitation only) are reviewed every three months. Check the website for the next deadline
Funding available: £100,000 to £250,000 (£500,000 for exceptional cases)

The consortium brings together publicly backed funders of medical research, experts in scientific assessment, and the scale and strength of industry to support the development of promising research. The consortium seeks promising research from academia and considers appropriate funding and development routes. Once complete, successful projects may be moved towards the clinic by industry, and all parties share in the success.

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NSERC Alliance

Application deadline: applications are currently being accepted for Option 1 and 2
Funding available: $20,000 to $1,000,000 per year for one to five years

NSERC Alliance grants encourage university researchers to collaborate with partner organizations, which can be from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. Funding may support research and development projects that seek to respond to a research challenge in the natural sciences or engineering, while working with external partners who are able to accelerate scale-up, application, impact, or commercialization. NSERC is now accepting Option 1 applications requiring at least 50 per cent matching cash contributions from partner organizations, and for Option 2, involving non-profit partners and requesting 90 to 100 per cent funding support from NSERC.


Physician’s Services Incorporated (PSI) Foundation Health Research Grant 

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New Investigator Research Grant 

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Application deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time
Funding available: Up to $250,000 for a maximum of three years (maximum $100,000 in any one year)

PSI’s granting interests are in two areas: Education of practising physicians, and health research with an emphasis on research relevant to patient care. The Foundation’s support of health research is offered in the following areas: clinical research, medical education research at the post MD level, health systems research, and health care research by community physicians.


Birks Family Foundation Grant

Application deadline: Rolling (apply six months prior to when funds would be required)
Funding available: Application dependent

The Birks Family Foundation funds organizations either primarily focused on Quebec, or those whose work is broadly national in nature; Public sector organizations, including universities, hospitals, libraries and museums; Projects that demonstrate unique innovation in their field and/or pioneer state-of-the-art technology; Long range projects designed to become self-sustaining; and, organizations that actively engage directly with their target group through programs and/or services.

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