The CAMH Discovery Fund—created as part of an unprecedented $100-million anonymous donation—is focused on:
- incubating and activating the next generation of leading scientists
- fostering discovery and innovation focused on understanding disease mechanisms; effective diagnosis and testing; and new ways to predict, prevent and recover from mental illness
- investing in enhancing the data, data platforms and analytics enabling cutting-edge research, and translating that into clinical practice.
We are thrilled to announce the successful applicants to the Discovery Fund’s first two funding competitions. Indeed, interest far exceeded expectations, with 72 applications to the Seed Funding competition and 109 to the Talent Development competition.
“We were tremendously impressed with the variety of truly innovative projects presented to us,” says Dr. Tarek Rajji, chair of the Discovery Fund Operating Committee, Co-Chair of the Seed Funding working group and CAMH’s Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Research.
“These are all important studies that could have a powerful impact on mental health in Canada and globally and we’re proud to be able to fund them through the Discovery Fund. Being able to fund high-risk/high-reward studies could lead to paradigm shifts in mental health research.”
Other new initiatives
The Seed Funding and Talent Development awards are just the first of a number of Discovery Fund initiatives being launched in the coming months. CAMH’s new BrainHealth Databank will boost our ability to gather comprehensive data from all patients participating in research through wearable devices, imaging, biological samples and much more. Through our Clinical Research Implementation efforts, we’ll provide the core infrastructure support needed to strategically prioritize mental health research and ultimately solve major challenges in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness and addiction.
“This is only the beginning,” says Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos, Chair of the Discovery Fund steering committee and CAMH’s Physician-in-Chief. “There is such an urgent need for better understanding and treatments for people with mental illness. Through the Discovery Fund, we are focused on discovery and innovation to improve outcomes for those we serve today, as well as future generations, both here in Canada, and around the world. The Discovery Fund gives us the opportunity to change the future of mental health research.”