Funder’s Website

The funder’s website can be found HERE.

Funding Value and Duration

$1.1 million for three (3) years.


The Basics of Better Mental Health Program will fund experimental research that will provide insight into the causes and onset of mental illnesses and explore the neuropathological changes and information processing deficits that may eventually lead to new directions for treatments and interventions. This consists of research with the goal of understanding signs and symptoms at the fundamental level, which may include studies at the molecular, cellular, organ system and/or whole-body levels, including development of tools and techniques to be applied for this purpose. The inclusion of sex-specific biological considerations in the rationale, hypothesis, and objectives will be instrumental in understanding the biological roots of mental illnesses. Mental illnesses that may be of interest include, but are not limited to, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders.

Eligibility Criteria

The funding opportunity is open to teams of two or more independent investigators from different institutions, or distinct research groups within the same institution.

  • Applicants must be conducting research at, and affiliated with, an eligible Canadian institution for the entire duration of the grant, and must be considered an independent researcher at their institution. Such an individual normally holds the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor; can initiate and direct their own independent lines of research as principal investigator; has full responsibility for running their laboratories; has full control of their research funds; and is permitted to supervise trainees (if applicable, as per their institution’s policy). Academic appointments must have started by the deadline for Full Application submission. Postdoctoral fellows, research associates, or adjunct faculty are not eligible to apply.
  • Research applications may be related but cannot be identical to any other currently funded projects. It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify Brain Canada immediately should overlap arise from new funding awarded during the application and review process of this competition.
  • Applicants must be able to initiate the project in February 2024 when funding is expected to begin.

Internal Contacts

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss this funding opportunity with their Faculty Research Facilitator.


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Deadline (Approval Form and Application) September 1, 2023
Submission to Sponsor June 27, 2023 5PM EST (Registration)

September 8, 2023 5PM EST (Invited Application)

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
    For a user’s guide on submitting an Approval Form, click HERE.
  • Step 2) Submit an external application to the granting agency
    Submit an external application to the corresponding grant or award agency. To navigate to the funder’s website, click HERE