COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative: Funding

COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative: Funding

Rapid and Near-Term Research Funding

On April 23, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Health Patty Hajdu announced a $115 million investment in Canada’s rapid research response to COVID-19. Using new funds announced by the Government of Canada, approximately $10 million and potential addition funds from partner sources, this Initiative will support research grants through a two-phased competition approach.

The first funding opportunity, Knowledge Synthesis Grant: COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity in Mental Health and Substance Use, will enable rapid and timely knowledge syntheses and knowledge mobilization plans to address evidence gaps and build the evidence base as part of the mental health and substance use response to COVID-19. Phase two will target near-term mental health systems response and innovation.

A second competition, titled Operating Grant:COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Service Needs and Delivery, launched June 4, 2020. This funding opportunity tackles the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and substance use and developing new models of health services for mental illness and problematic substance use to address the expected increased needs due to COVID-19.

Taken together, these funding opportunities will rapidly inform effective mental health and substance use services for all Canadians, and in particular for those with the greatest needs and/or vulnerability. Please note that Funds for the new COVID-19 Mental Health Initiative did not come from any cancelled, delayed or future CIHR funding competitions.

Funding opportunities

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