Applications are now being accepted for The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research to recognize and support Canadian early-career researchers with a focus in the area of mental health. This competition will occur once a year for 10 years.

The annual Prize is funded by a generous donation from the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada, building upon the wishes of its founders, Mr. Vaclav Mach and Dr. Hanni Gaensslen, to support mental health research. Each year for ten years, $100,000 will be awarded to one person or a research team of up to three persons per competition. The Prize is awarded with the expectation that the recipient(s) will continue to demonstrate excellence in their field of work. If no appropriate candidate is found, the Prize will be deferred for one year.

This annual prize provides funding to upcoming researchers affiliated with a Canadian academic or clinical research institution in the field of mental health, to encourage them to continue to pursue their research interests. It recognizes those with a demonstrated track record in research with excellence in scientific rigor, innovative thinking, imagination and originality and a clear ability to work in partnership with other disciplines and/or research teams external to the institution with which they are affiliated.

Eligibility and Criteria

The following criteria will be used by the Selection Committee to select the prize winner(s):

  1. Candidates shall be rising star researchers who are 45 years of age or younger at the application date, are Canadian citizens or have landed immigrant status in Canada and are currently residing in Canada or are residing abroad but are committed to return to Canada within six months from the date of the Prize.
  2. Candidates shall be affiliated with a Canadian academic or clinical research institution.
  3. Research shall be in a mental health discipline.
  4. Candidate’s research shall provide a clear research strategy with a coherent plan for knowledge dissemination and knowledge translation
  5. Demonstrated track record in research with excellence in scientific rigor, innovative thinking, imagination and originality.
  6. Candidates must hold an M.D. (or equivalent) and/or a Ph.D.

Prize details

The Prize is a $100,000 grant:

  • an unrestricted grant to be used at the recipient’s discretion for personal support, research operations and/or research equipment
  • the full amount may be awarded to one recipient or divided among a team of up to three people

Application Documents

The application file being submitted to the sponsor should have the following documents in the order listed:

  • A completed and signed application form.
  • A cover letter.
  • A 1000 word summary of your research on a separate page.
  • A current Canadian Common CV, including an up-to-date list of publications. The Canadian Common CV is the required format.
  • Three signed letters of support.
  • A copy of your Web of Science h-index and Citation Report.
  • Confirmation that the applicant is a Canadian citizen or has landed immigrant status in Canada (e.g. a photocopy of the main page of the applicant’s passport)

The final application package should be scanned, converted to PDF format and submitted to; please title and submit as indicated: Last Name_First Name RMG Prize Application.pdf

Useful Links

If you have any further questions about the application process, please direct them to


CORIS Internal Deadline for Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Deadline July 8, 2017
Submission to sponsor July 15, 2017

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.