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​​The new Discovery Fund is a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to defining the causes of mental illness and developing the cures that will save lives and create hope. The Discovery Fund will enable CAMH to attract talent, explore big ideas, support young scientists, and leverage data to solve the mysteries of the brain. 

The Discovery Fund is part of an unprecedented donation that will fuel the next generation of breakthroughs in mental health research and innovation.

Focusing on high-risk, high-reward research, the Fund will advance discovery through a number of priority areas:

People development: Incubate and activate the next generation of leading early and mid-career scientists

New ideas: Foster discovery and innovation focused on understanding disease mechanisms, effective diagnosis, testing, and new ways to predict, prevent and recover from mental illness

Discovery platform: Invest in enhancing the data, data platforms and analytics that will enable 21st century research and translation into clinical practice.

2018 initiatives

In its first year, the Discovery Fund will support new research through several programs:

The Talent Development Competition for graduate trainees and postdoctoral fellows will provide up to 11 one-year awards for graduate trainees and up to 14 one-year awards for postdoctoral fellows. 

Graduate Studentship awards – Compe​​tition details
Graduate Studentship awards – Application form

Postdoctoral Fellowship awards – Competition details
Postdoctoral Fellowship awards – Application form 

The Seed Funding Competition will provide support for investigators during the critical period between initiation of research and receipt of sustained funding. The competition will support at least seven two-year awards. See competition details and how to apply and evaluation criteria. Applications must be submitted by 12 p.m. on April 3, 2018.

New Clinician Scientist opportunities will enable early and mid-career clinician scientists to explore research ideas that align with the priorities of enhancing clinical research at CAMH and translation into practice. Learn more and how to apply.




A steering committee leads the Discovery Fund, supported by an operations committee and four subcommittees. Committee members include senior scientists, clinicians and executives from across CAMH's disciplines. Learn more about our leadership committees.

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