Research Western
Funding Opportunites - Research
Further details regarding this announcement can be found at:

Grant Amount:
Deadline: Dean's: Contact your Faculty Research Office for deadline details.
Internal: Sep 27, 2011
Sponsor's: Oct 04, 2011

Subject Areas: Children's Rehabilitation Services, Cultural or Population Studies, Health Service Delivery, Healthcare Workers, Mental Health

This program on global mental health is seeking innovative solutions for improving treatments and expanding access to mental health care in low- and middle-income countries. An estimated 13% of the global burden of disease is attributable to mental health disorders, with almost three quarters of this burden affecting people in low- and middle-income countries. To address this complex problem, Grand Challenges Canada is looking for solutions that take an Integrated Innovation approach, have the potential for real world impact and demonstrate a path to scale and sustainability.

Successful applicants at the Letter of Intent stage will be invited to a proposal development workshop to support the development of a Full Proposal. The workshop will provide low- and lower-middle-income country investigators an opportunity to develop and hone grant writing techniques with guidance from experienced grant writers, mentors and peers. Costs to attend this workshop will be covered by Grand Challenges Canada.

Application Details: We encourage innovative ideas that are patient-oriented, cost-effective, sustainable and scalable in low-resource settings. In addressing the need for improved treatments and expanding access to care, proposed solutions must take into account variations in local cultures, traditions, and beliefs, and should address the stigma, discrimination, and social exclusion faced by patients and their families in seeking treatment and care. Applicants may draw on the wealth of proven evidence-based interventions from developed countries and provide innovative approaches for implementation and scale up of these interventions in low- and lower-middle-income countries. Interested applicants are encouraged to form multidisciplinary/cross-sector teams with the requisite scientific, social, and business expertise. Principal investigators/innovators must be primarily affiliated either with an institution or organization in a low-, lower-middle-income country or Canada, according to World Bank classification ( instructions and forms are posted on the Grand Challenges Canada website ( Applicants can apply online through a Letter of Intent (LOI) that describes their idea/solution, goal, objectives and activities, approach and estimated budget.
NOTE: All Letters of Intent and Full Applications must be processed through Research Development & Services for institutional approval. Requests for Institutional approvals should be received no less than 3 days prior to the posted Sponsor deadline. A ROLA Proposal (bearing applicant, Chair and Dean electronic approvals) is required for each submission.
Western Contacts: Katsivo,Melanie

Sponsor Contacts:

McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health
MaRS Centre South Tower
101 College Street, Suite 406
Toronto, Ontario, Canada