Short-term Research Missions Québec-Cuba


Competition year :



Deadline (application) :

December 9th, 2016, 4:30 PM


Amount :

Up to $ 7 000, according to the duration of the stay


Duration :

1 to 3 months


Announcement of results :

December 15th, 2016


Please note that the deadline for submission of applications has been extended to December 9, 2016.

This program follows the signature, in 2015, of a MoU between the Centro de Neurociencias de Cuba, the Fonds de recherche du Québec Nature et technologies (FRQNT) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec Santé (FRQS). The objectives of this program for short‐term missions are to promote international mobility between Quebec and Cuba and to foster sustained cooperation between researchers from Cuba and Quebec in specific research areas.

The following research areas are prioritized:

  • Neuroimaging and brain mapping

  • Neuroinformatics and neurotechnology

Program rules that prevail are those of the PDF version.
Program rules

Note : These program rules are for Quebec researchers. The equivalent for researchers from Cuba can be found on the Centro de Neurociencias de Cuba web site.





This program is open to:

  • FRQNT researchers: university researchers (CHU and CHUN), college researchers (CHC) or institutional researchers (CE)

  • FRQS researchers: independent investigators and independent clinical investigators

For a definition of each status, consult the FRQ Common General Rules, Annex 1c.


The researchers must:

  • Be affiliated with a Quebec university or – for the FRQNT only – with a general or vocational college, a private government-approved college, a government school that offers postsecondary education or a college centre for technology transfer in Québec

  • Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents as defined in section 2.1 of the FRQ Common General Rules

  • Be domiciled in Québec

  • Have received an invitation letter from the Centro de Neurociencias de Cuba


Researchers must comply with the ethical regulations as defined in the sections 5.3 and 5.4 of the FRQ Common General Rules




Transmission of the documents (PDF documents only)

Applications have to be sent electronically to Michaël Bernier (, program manager at FRQS.
The e‐mail transmission date and time will be considered as proof of the date and time of sending.

Any missing document or document that is not in conformity with the program rules and forms
may result in the ineligibility of the funding application.


  • Full application form (Word)

  • Canadian common CV, Funding CV version for FRQNT or FRQS (updated since June 2014)

  • Detailed contributions updated since June 2014 (attachment required through the FRQNT or FRQS Electronic Portfolio on the Canadian Common CV page), consult the Guidelines for the CV attachment available in the toolbox

  • Invitation letter form the Centro de Neurociencias de Cuba. The researcher from Québec is invited to prior contact the Director of Research at the Centro de Neurociencias de Cuba, Dr. Fernando Villate.

  • Québec researchers may also have the opportunity to make their short-term research mission in other Cuba institutions: the International Center of Neurologic Restoration (CIRENN) and the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN). Again, researchers from Québec are invited to contact Dr. Fernando Villate.





The duration of the stay is from 1 to 3 months.

The stay must begin no earlier than January 1st, 2017, and must finish by July 31th, 2017, at the latest.





The grant covers:

  • Round‐trip transportation, economy class (up to CAD$2,000)

  • User fees for installations in Cuba (up to CAD$2,000)

  • Daily living allowance (up to the equivalent of CAD$1,000 per month) paid by the Centro de Neurociencias de Cuba

A maximum of four (4) grants will be jointly offered by FRQNT and FRQS.

Indirect research costs

This program does not benefit from the amount paid out by FRQNT or FRQS to cover indirect costs of research of the institutions.




The following criteria will be used to evaluate the applications:


  • Quality of research track record of the researcher

  • Complementarity of the researcher's methodologies and subject‐specific competencies with those of the researcher from Cuba.

Research project

  • Added value and relevance of the mission

  • Scientific merit of the project and potential benefits

  • Realism of the mission duration




Submission of reports

In accepting the grant, the applicants agree to submit scientific and financial reports, following the rules and by the deadlines determined by FRQNT and FRQS. 

Use and dissemination of the results by partners

The grantees authorize the partners to use final report and published research outputs (scientific publications, conferences, symposia, conventions or e-publication) for reproduction, translation, execution or public extension purposes through whatever means or for any other non‐commercial purposes, provided there is no infringement of copyright law.

Knowledge mobilization

The FRQNT and FRQS encourage awardees to conduct and participate in knowledge mobilization activities (transfer, sharing, development, enhancement and dissemination) with practice settings and the general public, where such activities are relevant. Please read the document Knowledge Mobilization in the toolbox.




In submitting an application, the applicant must:





Centro de Neurociencias de Cuba

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)

Do you have questions?

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Michaël Bernier

Chargé de programmes


514 873-2114, poste 1231