Events and Funding Opportunities



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 

Help us make our next conference even better! Please take a few moments to provide your feedback about the day CLICK HERE! Please complete by Tuesday, November 14th .

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

Thank you,

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 2023 Fall Competition

The Department of Psychiatry’s Research Committee is pleased to announce the Internal Seed Fund Fall 2023 Competition for research grants.

The objectives of these grants are to:

  • catalyze research projects that have the potential to be successful for future extramural research funding from the Tri-Agency, other national and provincial research funding agencies and/or foundations;
  • foster and develop interdisciplinary collaborative research activities among clinical and basic scientist faculty members of the Department of Psychiatry; 
  • provide opportunities for the training of future clinician-researchers and clinically-oriented scientists; and
  • support and promote the Department of Psychiatry’s researchers, their research activities and impact both within and beyond our academic community.

We anticipate funding up to 3-4 research projects in the range of $10,000-$15,000 each. The number of grants funded will depend on the requested budgets and peer review recommendations.

This competition will not support top-up or gap-funding for partially completed research projects funded by other granting bodies, or continuation funding for currently funded, or ongoing projects/collaborations.

Value and Duration:

Up to a budgetary maximum of $15,000 is available per team to be used over a 2-year period; smaller funding requests will also be considered. Grants must be taken up in the first year for which they are awarded.

Funding cannot be used towards income support of faculty members or psychiatry resident team members.

Note: For successful recipients of the Internal Seed Fund, there is an opportunity to apply for an additional $7,500 towards supporting graduate student involvement on the research project through the Mitacs Accelarate program if the project involves an industry partner such as a hospital, municipality, not-for-profit, or for-profit corporation. Please refer to the hyperlink for more details on eligibility and the application process and/or contact Wilson Luo, Business Development Specialist at .

Application Procedure:

The Internal Seed Fund Fall 2023 Competition application has two stages:

Stage 1: Letter of Intent due by 11:59 PM on Friday, August 18th, 2023

Stage 2: Full Application (by invitation only) due by 11:59 PM on Friday, November 17th, 2023

Application Here

Please contact Dr. Arlene MacDougall should you have any questions regarding the application process:

Please consider the support of Julie Walsh, Research Associate with the Department of Psychiatry, in the writing of your research grant proposal:

Please complete your application, noting the guidelines set out for this competition. Once completed, please save a copy for your files and submit an electronic copy along with any attachments to Nicole North:

We will send you an acknowledgment of receipt of your application. If you do not receive an acknowledgment of your submission within 2 working days, please contact Nicole North, Research Administrative Assistant for the Department of Psychiatry, at (519) 685-8500 x 47240.

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. For more information, visit the PSI Foundation.

Deadline:  Continuous

AMOSO Opportunities Fund

AMOSO AHSC AFP Innovation Fund

AHSC AFP Innovation Fund Call for Proposals Fall 2023* - Deadline to Psychiatry FMC by Sept 22, 2023

 As you will recall AMOSO Innovation Funding Proposals have to be vetted by Psychiatry’s Finance Management Committee (FMC) before going to AMOSO.  In order for the FMC to vet and get any required information, please send any AMOSO Innovation Funding Proposals to my attention on or before September 22, 2023.

Here is the AMOSO Innovation Information:

AMOSO Innovation Fund Research Funding Competition:

The Fall 2023 deadline for submissions by AFP Physicians, approved by their AFP Practice Plan, is Monday, October 31, 2023. No applications will be accepted past midnight.

For the full Call information for Proposals including links to guidelines & application forms please visit AMOSO’s website here (username: amoso password: afpfunding).  The e-mail from AMOSO is pasted below:

AMOSO Innovation Fund call for Proposals – 2023-24 NOW OPEN!



AMOSO is calling for new submissions to the AHSC AFP Innovation Fund. For consideration for the Fall 2023 competition, completed submissions must be provided to the AMOSO Office ( by no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2023. AMOSO will send an email confirmation of receipt. Any proposals received after this deadline will not be considered.

The goal of this fund is to support the development of new and innovative practices in healthcare delivery (both quality initiatives and research projects), and to support leadership and the dissemination of knowledge across the healthcare system.

The Provincial Proposal Forms and guidelines for the
2023-24 funding competition have changed.
Please refer to the AMOSO website for Application Forms, Instructions, Guidelines and information on the adjudication process.

AMOSO website login information:
Username: amoso
Password: afpfunding


The Innovation Fund proposal documentation can be found on the AMOSO Website - Innovation Fund Competition page. To reduce delays please ensure that all mandatory forms are completed in full prior to submitting for consideration.



For questions related to the AMOSO Innovation Fund application process please contact:
The AMOSO Team – 
Thank you!


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 Fall 2023 Internal Research Fund (IRF) Competition


Applications are now being accepted for Lawson's Fall 2023 Internal Research Fund (IRF) Competition.

The Fall 2023 IRF Pilot Study Competition supports Established Investigators with:

  • Funding to pursue a novel research direction
  • Salary support for a post-doctoral trainee or research fellow, or
  • Bridge funding as a means to get your research back on track.

The Fall 2023 IRF Studentship Competition assists Established Investigators in supporting a graduate student for a research project.

Only Established Investigators will be eligible to apply to the Fall 2023 Competition.

Guidelines and application forms are available on Lawson's intranet.

OBSERVER PROGRAM FOR NEW INVESTIGATORS: Eligible New Investigators within 3 years of their first academic appointment as of October 4th, 2023 can participate. For more information, please contact  

Application Deadline: October 4th, 2023

For more information or if you have questions, please email 
Please note that applications will not be returned to applicants if sections are incomplete or if applicants do not follow instructions or formatting requirements. Instead, patient partners and scientific reviewers will be notified of these issues, and may adjust their feedback accordingly. No applications will be accepted past the deadline of October 4, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

Apply NOW for Lawson's Fall 2023 IRF Competition