The CAMH Discovery Fund—created as part of an unprecedented $100 million anonymous donation—will accelerate our efforts to transform the lives of people living with mental illnesses. It enables CAMH to attract talent and support young scientists, explore big ideas and leverage data to a greater extent than ever before.
The Discovery Fund will put its focus on these priority areas:
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.
I have seen the devastating impact of mental illness on individuals and their families; I want to provide support to the next generation of researchers and scientists to pursue the research that will directly transform care.
Initiatives for 2018
While we are only at the beginning of the journey for the new Discovery Fund, a number of initiatives are already underway to support the type of research that will create hope and save lives.
Talent Development Competition for Graduate Trainees and Post-doctoral Fellows
Providing up to 11 one-year awards for graduate trainees and up to 14 one-year awards for post-doctoral fellows. Competition is closed.
Seed Funding Competition Providing support for at least seven two-year awards for investigators to bridge the gap during the critical period between starting research and receiving sustained funding. Competition is closed.
New Clinician Scientists Opportunities
Enabling early and mid-career clinician scientists to spend up to five years launching their program of research at CAMH exploring ideas that can be translated into useful practice. Application details
In Canada, the mental health field faces gaps in access to care and in research. We know that life-changing treatments for diseases like cancer and diabetes exist because of significant research investments. The Discovery Fund will help immensely in reducing the science gap in mental health research, and it will deliver new and effective treatments. CAMH will continue to advocate for all levels of government to address the access-to-care gap in the public health system.
Managing the Discovery Fund
Responsibility for overseeing the Discovery Fund is a group effort, led by an inter-disciplinary steering committee and several subcommittees.