Open Call for Integrated Discovery Program Proposals

Help improve the lives of people with brain disorders

In June 2022, the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) will launch an open call for Integrated Discovery Program research networks to foster discovery and deliver innovative products and services that improve the lives of those living with brain disorders.

OBI’s goal is to cultivate partnerships and enable innovation in brain health that is person-centered and internationally recognized. Through our collaborative ‘team science’ approach, we aim to achieve better integration of research, commercialization, and community engagement, and collect and enable the use of data for improvements in patient care and economic prosperity.

Our work remains focused on our 30-year vision

  • Understand the molecular underpinnings of the brain disorders

  • Routine population-level screening

  • Early, prevention-oriented interventions

  • Diagnoses will be made and even anticipated based on the molecular mechanisms

  • New disease-modifying drugs and technologies

  • Treatment strategies will harness the brain’s inherent plasticity

  • Improvements to overall population health

  • Citizens will be empowered with knowledge and tools

  • Ontario’s policies related to brain health will be driven by data

Since OBI’s inception over ten years ago, this vision has served as a guide for the funding and management of pan-Ontario collaborative translational research networks, called Integrated Discovery Programs (IDPs), across brain disorders. The IDPs include a continued focus on patient and community involvement, industry collaboration, data-driven innovation, with the goal of deeply understanding the clinical populations to drive better care.

This open call for IDP proposals is a critical step in advancing OBI’s vision and seeking to improve the lives of people living with brain disorders. Overall, the outcomes of the IDP proposals should align with the 30-year vision, foster innovation and demonstrate a positive impact on the research community, on patient care and/or the healthcare system, as well as economic impact, such as job creation, commercialization of products or services, and the creation of companies. The successful network will maximize the value of its range of expertise, collaborations, and resources, in order to generate a meaningful impact for Ontarians.

Timelines and key dates

  • Early June 2022 – Launch of open call
  • Sept 15, 2022 – Application deadline
  • Sept 15 to Dec 15, 2022 – Review of applications and shortlisting of networks
  • Jan to Mar 2023 – Co-design of network activities
  • April 2023 – Funding decision

Timelines and key dates

September 15, 2022 – Application deadline

September 15 to December 15, 2022 – Review of applications and shortlisting of networks

Phase 2:

January to March 2023 – Co-design of network activities

April 2023 – Funding decision

If you have any questions, please email us at opencall@braininstitute.ca

Frequently asked questions

  • Do industry partners need to be based in Canada?

    Industry partners for the Integrated Discovery Programs do not need to be based in Canada. International industry partners are welcome.

  • Are Integrated Discovery Program partners (academic, industry, community) required to contribute cash to the partnership?

    Partners are not required to contribute cash in order to be part of the network. However, depending on the nature of the collaboration and partnership that is proposed, certain activities might require additional funding or leveraged/in-kind resources. Partners are encouraged to identify these in the application. For more details specifically about Industry partnerships, please see page 17 of the open call application.

  • What is meant by 'network or its members' in reference to the Integrated Discovery Programs?

    If a network has not existed before and is only coming together for the purpose of this call, they can address this type of question by highlighting single-member activities and experiences.

  • What is the difference between question 8 and 9 in the Open call application?

    Question 8 reflects the network leveraging pre-existing studies/databases to complement their prospective cohort in addressing their primary research questions. Question 9 is more related to linkage with other databases/registries to increase features about participants in their studies to answer secondary research questions.

  • In question 17 Network Leadership Composition, is there a limit on the number of leads per role in the network?

    The Core Leadership Roles are meant to be designated points of contact that represent the members of the network and facilitate decision making in a specific key area. For the purpose of this application please propose only one lead and/or a co-leadership model per each role, as needed. Do not add sub-categories to these key areas.