The Discovery Fund supports new, promising research ideas and initiatives, encouraging collaboration across disciplines and areas of research, from the molecular, to the cellular, to the level of human experience and behaviour. These investments set in motion and accelerate platforms of convergence, supporting the best new ideas to improve the understanding, prevention, early detection and treatment of mental disorders, and bring discoveries to those that need them most to realize better outcomes in mental health.
The Discovery Fund hosts an annual Seed Funding competition for CAMH scientists to develop innovative, high-risk/high-reward areas of research, with emphasis on external collaborations. Check out the groundbreaking research projects supported through the competition.
2019/2020 Seed Funding Projects
- Dr. Stephanie Ameis
- Dr. Mounira Banasr
- Dr. Pushpal Desarkar
- Dr. Cory Gerritsen
- Dr. Sergio Rueda
- Dr. Shreejoy Tripathy
- Dr. Juveria Zaheer
Previously awarded projects:
The Discovery Fund allows for opportunities to secure external peer reviewed awards for research, offering matching funds to successful applicants. Some of the supported initiatives include:
- Dr. Leon French (Canada Foundation for Innovation match – John R. Evans Leaders Fund): Genomic Portal for Polygenic Molecular Maps of the Brain
- Dr. Sanjeev Kumar (Brain Canada match): The Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) Dementia Database: A platform in neurodegenerative diseases
- Dr. Tarek Rajji (Brain Canada match): Standardizing Care for Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Quality of Life in Dementia
- Dr. Nelson Shen, Supervisor: Dr. Gillian Strudwick (Health Systems Impact Fellowship match): Patient and Family Engagement in Health IT Initiatives
The Discovery Fund invests in several large-scale initiatives transforming patient care:
- Centre for Complex Interventions: The Centre will include world-class scientists, methodologists and staff dedicated to the development and testing of complex interventions that will transform care and outcomes now and in the future.
- The Toronto Adolescent and Youth (TAY) CAMH Cohort Study: The TAY CAMH Cohort study will recruitment and follow 3,000 youth over five years to answer the central questions of who is at highest risk of developing psychosis, and what is the relationship between those risk trajectories and functional outcomes.