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. 

 

Applications must be submitted through the Alberta Innovates application website.

 

ALBERTA ALZHEIMER RESEARCH PROGRAM

 

The Alberta Prion Research Institute (Prion Institute) and the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories (ASANT) present the Alberta Alzheimer Research Program (AARP). The AARP allows qualified Alberta investigators to seek funding for research directly related to Alzheimer’s disease in areas related to understanding the fundamental mechanisms of the disease and/or improving the quality of life of those with Alzheimer’s disease. There are two streams for grants: Young Investigator Grants and 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 $200,000 with a term of up to three years. Regular Research Grants are available to all Alberta researchers, including young investigators. These grants are for up to $150,000 with a term of up to three years.

Application Deadline: October 23, 2017

AARP Guidelines

Budget Spreadsheet

Funding Declaration

 

 

CATALYST GRANT


On behalf of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories, the Alberta Prion Research Institute presents the Hope for Tomorrow Dementia Research Catalyst Grants Program. The Hope for Tomorrow Catalyst Program allows Alberta academic institutions to seek funding for research directly related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for an understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of the disease and/or improving the quality of life of those with these conditions.

Application Deadline: October 16, 2017 (limited to institutional applications)

Catalyst Grant Guidelines

Budget Spreadsheet

Funding Declaration


 

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: no current competition


 

NEW COLLABORATIONS


The New Collaborations program is intended to encourage collaborations between researchers from an Alberta-based institution with researchers from institutions outside Alberta. Qualified investigators may seek funding for small research projects directly related to prion diseases and/or human neurodegenerative diseases and dementias where the etiology involves protein misfolding and the pathogenesis has prion-like characteristics. New Collaborations grants are intended to foster the development of new research partnerships by supporting short-term research projects aimed at addressing relevant fields of inquiry in the Prion Institute themes. Grants of up to $100,000 Canadian for a maximum period of two years are available.

Application Deadline: open competition

New Collaborations Guidelines

Budget Spreadsheet

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: no current competition


 

SPECIFIED RISK MATERIALS PROGRAM


The Specified Risk Materials Program is intended to allow qualified investigators to seek funding for research directly related to the following areas of specified risk materials (SRM): detection of prions in complex matrices; SRM as feedstock for processes and products; disposition and disposal methods; cost benefit estimates of existing or new disposition and disposal methodologies; risk assessment; risk communication about SRM and risks and benefits of disposition and disposal of SRM; and other. Funding is accessible for all relevant fields of inquiry in the themes as described in the guideline to develop innovative disposition and disposal methods and/or uses of specified risk materials. This competition will support grants of up to $500,000 for a period of up to three 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 invites 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 $500,000. 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

 


 

MOBILITY PROGRAM
 

The Mobility Program is intended to encourage investigators who are within five years of their first appointment after completing their research training or graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to visit another laboratory for a short period of time, between one to six months. The visit will be to learn or provide instruction on new methods and techniques required to research prion and prion-like protein misfolding diseases or to learn new methods of socio-economic approaches that impact prion diseases.

Application Deadline: continuous intake

Mobility Program Guidelines

Budget Spreadsheet

 

 

RESEARCH AND POLICY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
 

The Research and Policy Fellowship program will help establish and nurture links between provincial and federal decision-makers and scientific professionals to support public policy related to prion diseases for the benefit of improving the wellbeing of Albertans. A contribution toward salary and benefits of up to $70,000 per year (prorated for shorter terms) and a possible research supplement of up to $10,000. The award will be paid to the academic institution or government department that hosts the Fellow for use in activities related to the fellowship.

Application Deadline: continuous intake

Research and Policy Fellowship Program Guidelines

 

 

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.