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

Please register to receive a link to the application portal. A copy of the application and instructions are found below.

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 the difference between 'network-led activities' and 'member-led activities'?

    Existing networks should highlight activities they have undertaken or accomplished as a network, specifically those which demonstrate the capacity of the network and its integrated efforts. 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.