Who can apply?
LOI applications are open to any principal investigator holding a faculty appointment at the University of Toronto. LOI applicants will be required to obtain institutional endorsement of their research application from the University of Toronto through the “My Research Applications” (MRA) UT website. Please note that the Neuroscience Catalyst is a unique funding opportunity and is not meant to replace an operating grant.
What is the application and review process?
How much funding is available?
Projects will be funded at various levels. Funding is typically available up to $250,000 per project. The duration of funding is not fixed and may be renewable upon successful completion of defined milestones. Whereas this is the typical funding level available per project, the Neuroscience Catalyst also anticipates making greater and/or lesser awards to optimize investments in a portfolio of projects that will yield significant and important results. This LOI is intended to leverage the existing resources, skills and interests within academic laboratories and is not intended to recruit new research personnel, launch major new research directions, fund general operating support for the lab or purchase equipment with applications beyond the project. Subcontracting certain specialized aspects of the work may be permissible with consent from the Neuroscience Catalyst.
What are the allowable Eligible Costs associated with the funding?
Eligible Costs are direct costs of the funded research, including salary and benefit costs for staff involved in Funded Research as well as other project-related costs, including supplies and materials, service contracts, usage fees and technical support for lab equipment and computers.
Will my information be kept confidential?
Members of the Neuroscience Joint Steering Committee will not share the information provided by applicants through the registration and application process except with directors, officers and/or representatives of the University of Toronto, Janssen Inc., Johnson & Johnson Innovation, and their respective affiliates, as deemed necessary. Nonetheless, applicants should not provide confidential information, such as chemical structures, at the LOI stage.
If I am receive funding from the Neuroscience Catalyst, what happens with my Intellectual Property? All pre-existing intellectual property will remain the exclusive property of the party that created it prior to or independent of the funded research. Ownership of all new Intellectual Property created during the funded research will be determined by the applicable inventions/intellectual property policy of the party who created it.
What about Communications and Publications related to the funded research?
All funding recipients shall have the right to disseminate information or otherwise publish the research results arising in performance of the funded research. Janssen’s support of the funded research should be acknowledged in all such publications.