SynAD Project Applications
Research: Small Equipment Grants
The SynAD program includes a priority for “increasing research capacity” in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (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). Grants may range in value up to $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.
Eligibility: Faculty or PDF membership in NMHI. All proposed projects must demonstrate a direct connection to ADRD research and a clear statement of potential significance. Competition opens 13 January 2020. The deadline is 29 January 2020.
SynAD Equipment Grant Application Form 2020 – Closed
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 four) of support in the January 2020 through June 2020 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. The initiative is open for applications on 2 December 2019. The deadline is 18 December 2019.
SynAD Trainee Grant Application Form 2019 – 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