Research Overview & Key Priorities

The Ontario Mental Health Foundation, as a special operating agency of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, focuses its support in three areas in mental health: research, training and education.

Our mandate is to promote the mental health of people living in Ontario, to prevent mental illness, and to improve diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. We do this by funding excellent research in strategic areas of mental health, and by nurturing the development of emerging and established researchers.

Each year, we issue a call for research proposals that are peer-reviewed by a panel of experts, and the top applications are awarded funding. 

Over the last year, we created a new Strategic Plan in collaboration with key stakeholders, including mental health organizations, the research community and people with lived experience. Some stakeholders consulted include: Mental Health and Addiction Leadership Council; Ministry of Health; Addictions and Mental Health Ontario; Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario; Schizophrenia Society of Ontario; Children's Mental Health Ontario; and Ontario Peer Development Initiative. 

Four Research Key Priorities Identified

After a robust consultation process, recurring themes emerged that shaped these four key research priorities in our 2016-2017 funding cycle:

  1. Health Systems
  2. Caregiving
  3. Peer Support
  4. Meta-Analysis

Our goal is to ensure policymakers are the recipient of research outcomes. Research projects objectives must align with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Open Minds, Healthy Minds and Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

Research Areas Within These Priorities

  • Health sciences
  • Natural sciences and/or engineering
  • Social sciences and/or humanities