CPSR launches 2018 competition for collaborative innovation grants and trainee awards in stroke recovery.

Deadline to apply: 17:00 EST Monday, June 18, 2018  

2018 CPSR funding opportunities:

  • Collaborative Innovation Grants
  • Trainee Awards (post-doctoral fellows and graduate students)

Click to download application guidelines:  2018 CPSR Funding Competition RFA 

Collaborative Innovation Grants (Up to $50K each):

CPSR catalyst grant awards are intended to provide seed funding to encourage investigator-driven early stage, innovative and collaborative research in stroke rehabilitation and recovery. Innovation grants can also be used as seed funding for research studies investigating innovative strategies and approaches to facilitate implementation and adoption of evidence-informed stroke rehabilitation and recovery knowledge. Highest priority will be given to projects that are truly innovative, collaborative and with significant potential to positively impact stroke survivors. Through this program CPSR intends to stimulate new ideas and new discoveries that will advance our mission to identify, support and share game-changing stroke recovery research.

Trainee Awards: Matching funds for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows

CPSR trainee awards provide funding to trainees early in their academic research career and helps fortify their commitment as stroke recovery researchers. Fostering high calibre trainees and encouraging translational approaches to stroke rehabilitation and recovery is an important strategic priority of CPSR. By providing targeted funding for trainees who have access to leading national and international stroke recovery researchers, we intend to help train the next generation of stroke recovery researchers.

Key Dates:

Request for applications issued…………………………. 01 May 2018
Deadline for application submission……………………. 18 Jun 2018 (5pm EST)
Grant & trainee awards results announced……………. 10 Aug 2018
Funding start date………………………………………… 04 Sep 2018

Please direct any questions about this funding competition to: Farrell Leibovitch, CPSR Director, Research and Training Programs, email: farrell@canadianstroke.ca or telephone: 416-480-6100 ext 7548.

Our track record:

From 2013-16, catalyst grants had been used to successfully secure 33 external grants, totaling almost $12 million. And, in the 2018 CIHR competition, for example, three $50,000 catalyst grants were leveraged into more than $2.2 million in CIHR research grants.

2017 Catalyst Grant and Implementation Science Grant winners:


2017 CSPR-REPAR Catalyst Grant winners:


2016 Catalyst Grant winners:


Past Catalyst Grant winners:


CaSTOR grants:

Canadian Stroke Trials for Optimized Results (CaSTOR) is a joint initiative of the Canadian Stroke Consortium and the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery. The top-ranked CaSTOR grant in 2017 was awarded to CanStim, a national initiative to develop guidelines and test brain stimulation to boost recovery.

Read the full list of award winners 2017-CaSTOR awards

Telerehabilitation grants:

In February 2013, CPSR announced a $1.3-million national initiative to deliver “telerehabilitation” to the homes of more than 200 people living with stroke in at least 10 Canadian cities — the first step towards improving access to desperately needed stroke-recovery services. Researchers in Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia were awarded funds to test innovative ways to provide physical, occupational and speech therapy and lifestyle coaching to people who are recovering at home after a stroke. The telerehab initiative is a joint effort of Heart & Stroke and the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery. Researchers are publishing a lessons-learned report on their findings and a toolkit for other investigators.

Read the full list of telerehabilitation projectsTelerehehabilitation projects .docx