SynAD Project Applications

Research: Small Equipment Grants

The SynAD program includes a priority for “increasing research capacity” in ADRD. One goal of this priority is to provide funding for small equipment grants to fulfill significant and urgent instrumentation needs or upgrades. The initiative is designed to assist with the acquisition of small and targeted research equipment needs (broadly defined to include multiple types of data acquisition or analysis technologies, tests, or software for human, animal, or other ADRD research). The expected range of grants is $1,000–$24,000 (with justification). The aim is to accelerate the application-decision-acquisition process such that new ideas or spin-off projects can be launched. These new projects should be designed to generate novel and robust data that lead to rapid and significant scientific presentations, publications, and/or grant proposals.

Equipment Grant Application Form – Closed

Training

The SynAD program also includes a priority for “enhancing training capacity” in ADRD. The purpose of this priority is to provide selective support for superior graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (in any area of neuroscience-related ADRD research) who will (a) benefit from excellent and available training opportunities and (b) produce outcomes leading to presentations, manuscripts, publications, or further awards. Trainees must be supervised by faculty members of NMHI. There are two current competitions, both which are for any number of months (up to six) of support in the March 2019 through August 2019 period. The NMHI graduate student awards are for $2100 per month. The postdoctoral trainee awards are for $4000 per month. The goal of the program is to provide funding for promising or established trainees to conduct supervised research relevant to their training program in ADRD and to produce outcomes of considerable research merit. [A trainee awards program for the 2019-2020 academic year will be announced later.]

Training Grant Application Form – Closed

Incubation: Small Catalyst Grants

The SynAD program includes a priority for “strengthening incubation capacity” in ADRD at the University of Alberta. We implement this priority by offering small catalyst grants to support the testing of new ideas or collaborations in ADRD research. The initiative is targeted for focused and promising research projects (e.g., $1,000–$20,000). The goal is to test spin-off or new ideas and to generate novel and robust data that lead to rapid and significant scientific presentations, publications, or larger grant proposals. NMHI members (including PDFs) who are pursuing research in ADRD are welcome to apply. The 2019 initiative is open for applications on 7 October.  The deadline is 31 October. Use the fillable application form below.

SynAD Incubation Grant Application Form 2019 – Closed

Timeline and Application

SynAD rolls out the initiatives sequentially. In 2018-19, the first Request for Application (RFA; Equipment) was announced in October 2018. The second RFA (Catalyst Grants) was announced in December 2018. The third RFA (Trainee Support) was announced in January 2019. We aim for relatively rapid decisions and funding. For the 2019-2020 schedule, the first RFA is for Catalyst Grants. It was announced on 7 October and includes a deadline date of 31 October. All applications should use the fillable forms attached to any active initiative.
Queries and applications should be addressed to the SynAD email address: SynAD@ualberta.ca

SynAD Acknowledgment Policy

All SynAD supported projects, researchers, and trainees will acknowledge our funders, the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories and the University Hospital Foundation, and our institutional partner, the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute. Recipients of grants will agree to the following acknowledgment formats (including logos as appropriate).

Acknowledgment (for small grant or equipment)

This research was supported in part by the Alberta Synergies in Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders (SynAD) program which is funded by the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories through their Hope for Tomorrow program and the University Hospital Foundation. SynAD operates in partnership with the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta.

Acknowledgment (for trainee, RA, or PDF)

[Jane Doe’s] participation was supported in part by the Alberta Synergies in Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders (SynAD) program which is funded by the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories through their Hope for Tomorrow program and the University Hospital Foundation. SynAD operates in partnership with the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta.

Acknowledgment with Logos

Posters (or signs) including any support from SynAD should also include the logos of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories, Hope for Tomorrow, the University Hospital Foundation, and the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute.