RESEARCH FUNDING Programs


The Prion Institute focuses on the following areas of research excellence: protein folding and misfolding; pathobiology of TSEs; surveillance and control; and TSEs and society. 

 

EXPLORATIONS


The Explorations Program allows Alberta-based investigators to seek funding for research directly related to prion diseases and prion-like human neurodegenerative diseases and dementias. The research themes for this program are protein folding and misfolding in prion diseases, the pathobiology of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), surveillance and control of prion diseases, TSEs and society, protein folding and misfolding in prion-like human neurodegenerative diseases, and prion-like mechanisms in human neurodegenerative diseases. The Alberta Prion Research Institute offers two tiers of funding for the Explorations competition: grants of up to $200,000 for a maximum of two years and grants of up to $500,000 for a maximum of three years.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2016

 

Explorations V Guidelines

Explorations V Budget

Explorations V Funding Declaration


 

RESEARCH TEAM PROGRAM
 

The Research Team Program allows teams of qualified investigators to seek funding for research directly related to prion diseases and prion-like human neurodegenerative diseases and dementias. The research themes for this program are protein folding and misfolding in prion diseases, the pathobiology of TSEs, surveillance and control of prion diseases, TSEs and society, protein folding and misfolding in prion-like human neurodegenerative diseases and prion-like mechanisms in the pathobiology of prion-like human neurodegenerative diseases. The program is designed to encourage collaboration within Alberta and between Alberta-based investigators and researchers outside of Alberta. The team of researchers must be from at least two different research institutions. The Alberta Prion Research Institute provides up to $750,000 for a team grant over a maximum of three years.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2016

 

Research Team IV Guidelines

Research Team IV Budget

Research Team IV Funding Declaration


 

ALBERTA ALZHEIMER RESEARCH PROGRAM

 

The Alberta Prion Research Institute and the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories co-fund the Alberta Alzheimer Research Program. This program allows Alberta-based investigators to obtain funding for Alzheimer’s disease research in areas related to understanding the fundamental mechanisms of the disease and improving the quality of life for those with Alzheimer's. There are two streams for grants: the Young Investigator Grants and the Regular Research Grants. Young Investigator Grants are available to Alberta researchers who are within five years of their first appointment after completing their research training. These grants are for up to $100,000 per year for up to two years. Regular Research Grants are available to all Alberta researchers, including young investigators. These grants are for up to $75,000 per year for up to two years.

Application Deadline: no current competition

 


 

IDeal PROGRAM

 

The IDeal Program, also known as the Innovation and Delivery Program, was created to encourage collaboration among industry, Alberta universities and research institutions. The Alberta Prion Research Institute and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency invite applications for research and development projects undertaken by Alberta-based private sector organizations or public sector researchers and their private sector partners. A private sector partner may be a company, an industry association or similar body. Direct project costs are shared by private sector partners and the funders. IDeal grants are typically of an applied nature and directed at a specific challenge identified by the private sector partner and the industry. Themes accessible for funding are:

  • Protein folding and misfolding in prion diseases;
  • The pathobiology of TSEs;
  • Surveillance and control of prion diseases;
  • Diagnostic technologies;
  • Solutions to enhance market access;
  • Innovative disposal and/or uses of specified risk material;
  • TSEs and society;
  • Protein folding and misfolding in prion-like human neurodegenerative diseases; and
  • Prion-like mechanisms in human neurodegenerative diseases.
     

Funding may be up to $1,000,000. Projects may range from one to three years in duration.

Application Deadline: continuous intake



 

GUEST SPEAKER SUPPORT PROGRAM
 

The Guest Speaker Support Program is designed to disseminate knowledge to the Alberta research and science community by offering funding to help bring notable researchers in prion and protein misfolding science to Alberta to present lectures and to participate in panel discussions. These experts assist with planning or implementing collaborative research programs and/or explore and evaluate recent breakthroughs in prion science. Speakers might be involved in research related activities or public studies or both. Funds are provided primarily to offset the costs of travel and accommodation for guest speakers. Support of up to $1,500 is provided for speakers travelling within North America, and up to $2,500 is provided for speakers travelling from outside North America. In some cases, the Alberta Prion Research Institute will consider application for a contribution toward the cost of conducting an associated conference, symposia or workshop.

Application Deadline: continuous intake

 


 

EXPANDING HORIZONS PROGRAM

 

The Expanding Horizons Program is a professional development program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are currently working on prion research. The objective of this program is to provide research trainees with access to mentoring in order to develop skills and knowledge that are applicable both within and outside of the lab. Seminars focus on career development in research as well as other careers they might undertake such as those in industry or policy making. Ensuring trainees are skilled in topics like lab management, networking, communicating, interview skills and grant crafting will benefit their futures as well as the future of prion research.