Making a difference in Ontario

The Ontario Mental Health Foundation is the preeminent source of support for mental health research in Ontario. For over forty years the Foundation has provided support to Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s efforts to provide high quality and effective services for Ontarians with mild to complex mental illness by providing support to Ontario-based researchers in their efforts to understand the causes of mental illness and develop evidence-based interventions for maintaining mental health.

Click here for brief descriptions of the projects funded by the Foundation.


Mission and Objectives of the Foundation

The Foundation aims to promote the mental health of people living in Ontario. We have been funding innovative mental health research since 1967.

Learn about our principal mandates


Donate to OMHF and help make a difference in mental health research

Your donation will help fund excellent mental health research in Ontario on important topics such as factors causing disorders or promoting mental health, during any period of the life-span.

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Am I eligible?

Review the application guidelines

All applications are reviewed for scientific merit and relevance to the objectives of the Foundation


Application Guidelines

The Foundation regrets that the amount of funds available for awards is reduced due to a decrease in funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and a reduced return on the Foundation’s investments. Faced with a difficult choice, the Foundation has decided to focus its Fellowship support on trainees and new investigators, to ensure the continued development of excellent mental health research in the province.  This unfortunately means that the Board of the Foundation has to temporarily suspend the competition for Senior Research, Intermediate Research, and Research Training Fellowships. It is the Board’s intention to resume these programs as soon as funding permits. There are no changes to the Grants programs.


Application Deadlines for the Year 2013 Competitions: application material will not be accepted after the deadlines.

Application forms and guidelines for all of the Foundation's competitions are available online and can be downloaded for you to complete.

Si vous préférez présenter votre demande en français, la fondation est heureuse de vous aviser que vous pouvez obtenir les versions françaises des subventions pour les projets de recherche ainsi que des bourses de recherche et des bourses d'études. Veuillez adresser toutes demandes à la fondation.