The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize

The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research, established in 2015, is awarded annually to recognize and support Canadian early-career researchers with a focus in the area of mental health. The annual national Prize provides funding to outstanding early-career researchers who are affiliated with a Canadian academic or clinical research institution in the field of mental health, to encourage them to continue to pursue their interests in Canada. 

The Prize is a $100,000 grant, unrestricted, to be used at the recipient’s sole discretion for personal support, research operations and/or research equipment.


Eligible candidates shall be:

  1. Early career researchers (normally should not be older than 45 years of age, independent of years of post-training) who are Canadian citizens or have landed immigrant status in Canada and are currently residing in Canada;
  2. Affiliated with a Canadian academic or clinical research institution;
  3. Researchers that hold an M.D. (or equivalent) and/or a PhD

Nomination Process

A completed nomination will consist of the following:

  1. A completed and signed nomination form;
  2. A cover letter;
  3. 1000 word research summary;
  4. A current Canadian Common CV (required format), including an up-to-date list of publications;
  5. Three signed letters of support;
  6. Copy of the nominee's Web of Science h-index and Citation Report;
  7. Confirmation that the applicant is a Canadian citizen or has landed immigrant status in Canada

The final nomination must be submitted as one .pdf file and emailed to

Please title your attachment as indicated: Last Name_First Name RMG Prize Application.pdf


The final submission deadline is July 15, 2020.


Applicants are encouraged to consult with Julaine Hall ( at Research Development & Services regarding the program and application process

Further information can be found at