Events and Funding Opportunities



Joint Mental Health Research & Innovation Day 2024

October 30, 2024.
More details coming soon!


 Joint Mental Health Research & Innovation Day 2023

The Future of Mental Health Research, Innovation, and Practice


Hello everyone,

We are thrilled to share that we had a very successful Joint Mental Health Research and Innovation Day this past Wednesday at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn.  We had a great turnout of 147 people for our first in-person annual research conference since 2019.  Those in attendance had the opportunity to learn about the excellent quality and breadth of local mental health and addiction research and innovation projects and initiatives. 

We would like to especially thank our dynamic and thought-provoking keynote speaker, Dr. David Benrimoh, our panelists, oral & poster presenters, planning committee members, evaluators, and moderators for making our event a tremendous success!  A special shout-out to our staff: Nattasha Clements, Nicole North, Renee Hunt, Gojjam Limenih, Julie Walsh and Taryn Sendzik for all their efforts and contributions behind the scene. It truly takes a team to pull off such an event and we are so fortunate for having such a great team.

We are pleased to congratulate our day's awardees!

Best Poster - Trainee

Raymond Wong:  Delay-Related Activity in Marmoset Prefrontal Cortex

Best Poster - Overall

Dr. Paul Frewen: Yoga in Virtual Reality

Best Oral Presentation – Trainee

Stephen Lee: The Language of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Hashtags on Tumblr: A Mixed Ethnography and Network Analysis Approach

Best Oral Presentation - Overall

Dr. Don Richardson: Moral Distress and Mental Health of Canadian Health Care Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

For those receiving CPD credits for the day (4 credits), please contact  to obtain your attendance certificate!


Arlene MacDougall, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Associate Professor, Depts of Psychiatry and Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Director of Research, Department of Psychiatry
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
Director of Research and Innovation for Mental Health Care
Parkwood Institute  - Finch Family Mental Health Care Building  
St. Joseph's Health Care London 


Dr. Cheryl Forchuk, RN PhD O Ont FCAHS FCAN
Beryl and Richard Ivey Research Chair in Aging, Mental Health, Rehabilitation and Recovery,
Parkwood Institute Research
Assistant Director, Program Leader of Mental Health Research Group,
Lawson Health Research Institute




Funding Opportunities

Department of Psychiatry Internal Seed Fund 2024 Fall Competition

2024 Coming Soon!


Developmental Disabilities Program’s Annual Competitions

The Developmental Disabilities Program offers three different awards annually, including two research awards. 

  1. The Dr. Greta T. Swart Essay Competition - March 31
  2. The Annual Dr. Benjamin Goldberg Research Grant - March 31
  3. The Annual C. Kingsley Allison Research Grant - October 31

For more information please visit the Developmental Disabilities Program's Website

If you have any questions regarding the submission process, or eligibility requirements, please contact the Department of Psychiatry at

Dana Foundation (Neuroscience)

The program tends to focus on:
   1. Translating promising animal model interventions or clinical observations for treating devastating brain conditions or injuries into small-sale studies in humans with these conditions to see if the intervention shows any effect, and designing neuroethical guidelines for such studies;
   2. Identifying functions of specific neurons and neural networks involved in brain diseases or injuries and developing therapeutic interventions to alter these;
   3. Assessing outcomes of the effects of various therapies used to treat brain injuries, such as stroke. The program also occasionally considers studies of complex cognitive processes, such as creativity.

For more information, visit the  Clinical Neuroscience Research Grant Program.

Deadline for preliminary proposals: Continuous

Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation

The PSI Foundation's support of health research is offered in through the following programs:
- Health Research Grants
- Healthcare Research by Community Physicians
- Educational Fellowships for Practicing Physicians
- Resident Research Grants
- P.S.I.F. Fellowship for Translational Research

In general, PSI applications from London researchers should be submitted through the Lawson Health Research Institute.

Deadline:  Continuous

AMOSO Opportunities Fund

2024 Coming Soon!

AMOSO AHSC AFP Innovation Fund

2024 Coming Soon!

AMOSO Innovation Fund call for Proposals 

2024 Coming Soon!


Mitacs is a national not-for-profit that funds collaborative research partnerships. Eligible co-funding partners can be from industry (domestic or international), Canadian not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, or hospitals. Funding for projects start at $10K and can scale up to the millions. Contribution from the partner starts at 1:1 matching from Mitacs, but may be more if it falls under one of our special funding initiatives. For more info, check out or contact Wilson Luo (

Wilson Luo PhD
Director, Business Development — London
Pronouns: He/Him
C: 226-787-4096

CIHR Funding Programs

CIHR Funding Programs Click Here

SSHRC Funding Programs

SSHRC Funding Programs Click Here

NSERC Discovery Grants (individual) program

NSERC Discovery Grants (individual) program Click Here

Mental Health Research Canada

Mental Health Research Canada Click Here

Ontario Trillium Foundation Grants

Ontario Trillium Foundation Grants Click Here

Lawson’s Internal Research Fund (IRF) Competition

2024 Coming Soon!