CAN Outreach & Advocacy Awards

Since 2016, the Canadian Association for Neuroscience has been awarded CAN Outreach & Advocacy Awards to individuals and groups who have made exceptional contributions to the promotion of neuroscience research in Canada.

This award honours the best neuroscience outreach and advocacy initiatives in Canada.  It consists of a $1000 prize and the opportunity to present your advocacy work at the CAN meeting.

Applications can be sent to

Program update – 2021

The CAN outreach & advocacy awards program has been expanded to fund more neuroscience outreach and advocacy activities in Canada every year. These sponsorships aim to support the important work trainees do to promote and showcase neuroscience research and education to a wide audience.

Sponsorships will consist of a financial contribution of up to $1000 CAD to support a specific event/activity, a letter of recognition from the CAN advocacy committee, and a feature article about the event on the CAN website and social media accounts. The event/activity does not have to be in-person, but can be virtual, through social media, etc. The requests for the funds should be clearly justified.

If applicable, CAN should be acknowledged as a sponsor / supporter of the activity.

To apply, please visit:

Applications will be accepted at all times and reviewed every three months (March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1) and awards will be given based on adherence to award criteria and be contingent on budget availability.

The objective of the CAN outreach and advocacy awards is to engage the public and politicians to increase the visibility of neuroscience research outside of the traditional scientific circles.

CAN Advocacy and Outreach Awards winners

CAN Outreach & Advocacy Award: The Peaceful Brain

The Canadian Association for Neuroscience is pleased to support the  “The Peaceful Brain, a celebration against hate, discrimination, and prejudice” series of events organized by the Convergence initiative. These events has also leveraged support from Heritage Canada, Brain Canada, the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute, Native Immigrant, Concordia University Centre for Creative Reuse. The […]

CAN Advocacy award: Montreal Neurological Institute Open Outreach Program

CAN is proud to support the development of the Montreal Neurological Institute Open Outreach Program Description of initiative The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s ‘Calls to Action’ #6-12 relate to removing barriers in education for Aboriginal youth and eliminating educational gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians. With this application, we propose to create the ‘TOSI Open […]

CAN advocacy award winner: Who can become a scientist?

CAN is proud to support the “Who can become a scientist?” workshop Description of event Who can become a scientist? is a workshop for a high school age audience. The workshop is approximately 1.5 hours and is currently in a virtual format. The program is led by a team of dedicated undergraduate and graduate volunteers, […]

Previous advocacy award winners

Learn about our 2020 winners: Cristian Zaelzer and the Convergence Initiative win a 2020 CAN Neuroscience Outreach & Advocacy Award September 15, 2020: CAN-ACN has revoked the 2020 Advocacy award that had been awarded to Roger Hudson and First Person Science, following an incident during which CAN-ACN’s values were not adhered to. A statement regarding […]