Special Purpose Grant: Brain Changes Initiative Award for Traumatic Brain Injury

This grant is a special call for research project applications based on an area of particular interest in collaboration with the Brain Changes Initiative and Brain Foundation Canada

Principal Investigator

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Research Summary

Using the various headings below, please provide a brief description of your project. Please be as clear and concise as possible.

There is a separate field at the bottom for your references across all sections.

Lay Summary of Project

Please summarize your proposed project in a manner suitable for publication and understandable by non-scientists
(maximum 300 words)


Please describe the current state of research on your topic and the key knowledge gap that motivates this study
(maximum 1000 words)
Please ensure clarity on the following items:
  • The overall objectives to be achieved by the end of the funding period
  • The rationale for undertaking the study now and a clear statement of the unique and innovative features of the project

Hypotheses for Special Call

Please list up to 3 specific aims and their corresponding hypotheses for your project. Please comment on how each aim aligns with the goals of the Special Purpose Grant that you are applying to
(maximum 300 words)

Methodology and Timeline

Please describe the procedures that will be used to execute your study and the proposed timeline for the project
(maximum 1000 words)
Please ensure clarity on the following items:
  • The approaches, methods and techniques that will be used to achieve the stated objectives; and if applicable, outline the specific contributions of any collaborators (people from different disciplines, academic institutions, and/or community or industry organizations) involved in the project
  • Methods of data analysis and a description for how they will be performed with appropriate rigour (reliability & validity, trustworthiness)
  • A description of the timeline with key intermediate stages in achieving the overall objectives


Using the template provided, applicants must upload a yearly budget and a written budget justification
(maximum 700 words)
Provide sufficient information to allow reviewers to assess:
  • the proposed costs in each of the major categories.
  • the appropriateness of the cost allocations.


Please outline any feasibility concerns for your project, as well as steps taken to address them
(maximum 500 words)


Please justify your proposed sample size with a power calculation. If not applicable, please justify why a power calculation is not needed.


Please list your references for all sections above here

Academic Impact

Please describe how your project advances the scientific understanding of complex clinical care for TBI and concussion
(maximum 300 words)
Please ensure clarity on the following items:
  • How will the findings from the study advance knowledge on the interaction between, and/or benefit(s) of, combining two or more non-pharmacological modalities for improving brain recovery?

Community Impact

Please describe the expected short-term and long-term impacts of the hypothesized results
(maximum 300 words)
Please refer to these main categories of research impacts as applicable:
  • advancing knowledge;
  • changes in practice and/or service delivery;
  • changes in individual behaviour(s);
  • changes in health outcomes;
  • changes in health system capacity and accessibility;
  • policy changes;
  • building capacity;
  • broad socioeconomic impacts.
Knowledge Mobilization Plan
Clearly describe the intended target audiences for the findings, plans for dissemination and stakeholder engagement toward achieving research impact
(maximum 700 words)
Please provide details on the following items, as applicable:
  • Journal publications and conference presentations
  • Partnerships with related organizations that can be leveraged to broaden the reach
  • Plans for stakeholder engagement throughout the research project and/or for developing KM product(s)
  • Appropriate budget allocation for planned KM activities

Applicants are encouraged to visit CIHR’s Guide to Knowledge Translation Planning and consult with knowledge translation experts and services within their host institutions if available
Sex, Gender, and Diversity Considerations
Throughout the research process, from conceptualization (research hypothesis development) to completion (knowledge translation), the removal of systemic barriers and biases to enact the practice of inclusion ensures that all individuals have equal access to and benefit from the results of the project. Please describe how sex, gender, and other determinants may affect health and must be considered with respect to the proposed project
(maximum 500 words)
Please ensure clarity on the following items:
  • Describe how sex- and gender-based analysis plus (SGBA+) will be taken into account in the research projects. Research projects proposing to use only one sex or gender should provide strong justification from the scientific literature or preliminary data to support this decision Applicants are encouraged to review CIHR’s Online Training Modules for Integrating Sex and Gender in Health Research
  • Please describe how the research project or its results will include or benefit Indigenous peoples, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, newcomers, racialized communities, those that self-identify as low socioeconomic status, people not in employment, education or training, and individuals in both rural and remote areas
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