Open Call for Integrated Discovery Programs

Help improve the lives of people with brain disorders

The Ontario Brain Institute is hosting an open call for Integrated Discovery Programs (IDPs) that will foster discovery and deliver innovative products and services to improve the lives of those living with brain disorders. IDPs are collaborative, translational brain research networks that harness patient and community involvement, industry collaboration, and data-driven innovation. They are established with the goal of deeply understanding clinical cohorts and generating evidence that will be translated into better care.

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

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. 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, to generate a meaningful impact for Ontarians.

Timelines and key dates

Phase 1:

June 1, 2022 – Launch of open call

The open call is now closed. A copy of the application and instructions can be found below found below.

September 15, 2022 (11:59pm, EDT) – 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

We encourage potential applicants to reach out to us if they wish to set up a meeting or request OBI to present at their institution to clarify details regarding the open call application.

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