New CRANIA award designed to spark collaboration and innovation in neuromodulation

Up to three projects each year to receive $75,000 in funding as part of new donation

The CenteR for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application (CRANIA) is excited to announce the establishment of the Dean Connor and Maris Uffelmann CRANIA Innovation Awards in Neuromodulation. 

Each year three projects that show the potential to accelerate translation of neuromodulation research into patient solutions by utilizing interdisciplinary collaboration will receive $75,000 in funding.

“The CRANIA team would like to thank Dean Connor and Maris Uffelmann for this generous donation,” said CRANIA co-director and KITE Institute Director Dr. Milos R. Popovic.

“This award will help to ignite collaborations and create imaginative solutions for patients with complex conditions.”

Applicants will be required to outline the innovative nature of the project, likelihood of success, patient impact and other key factors in their submissions. A committee chaired by Popovic and CRANIA co-director Dr. Taufik Valiante will review the submissions. 

“The Dean Connor and Maris Uffelmann CRANIA Innovation Awards in Neuromodulation will play a pivotal role in advancing technology and clinical knowledge at UHN,” said Dr. Valiante.

“This competitive award will be the spark for fully integrating UHN expertise across the spectrum of neuromodulation discovery and innovation.”

Unlike traditional research grant evaluations, the process will be nimble and supportive by helping applicants improve the quality of their submissions. If projects are not initially deemed suitable for funding, applicants will receive guidance on how their applications may be enhanced and resubmitted.

More details about the award, including application deadlines, will be provided later this year.