Brain Health: 2021 – Lifestyle Approaches and Microbiome Contributions

Program Overview

Goal: To accelerate the development of lifestyle approaches and an understanding of the contributions of the microbiome in maintaining brain health starting in midlife.

Funding: Up to $1.5 million per project over up to 3 years.

Applicant Eligibility: Principal Applicants must be a researcher working in Canada at least 30% of the time and hold a position at or above the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent. Co-applicants and Collaborators must be at the post-doctoral level or above and can be working outside Canada.

Applicants may appear in any role on any number of projects.

Project Eligibility: Eligible projects can be Research Questions or Implementation Initiatives.

  • Research Questions: Hypothesis-based questions that help accelerate the development of lifestyle approaches or microbiome contributions to brain health.
  • Implementation Initiatives: Approaches to address operational questions and/or put findings into practice.

Application Process

The application process consists of two stages:

  • Letters of Intent (LOIs)
  • Proposals

To apply, applicants must submit an LOI to the Foundation. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit a Proposal. Each LOI and Proposal is peer-reviewed by a scientific review committee.

Important Dates

LOI Deadline: November 25, 2020

Proposal Deadline: April 15, 2021


SFU Signature Sheet and Application is due to ORS 3 business days before the external deadline. 




Upcoming Deadlines

April 15, 2021April 15, 2021 Verified Date
April 12, 2021 Apr. 12, 2021 April 12, 2021 16:00:00 April 12, 2021 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Brain Health: 2021 – Lifestyle Approaches and Microbiome Contributions The program seeks to increase the number of Canadians maintaining better brain health throughout their lives. This program aims to advance the treatment (e.g., symptomatic relief, disease modification) and/or prevention of neurodegenerative diseases of aging by accelerating the development and implementation of lifestyle approaches and/or identifying the contribution of the microbiome. .