Bell Let’s Talk-Brain Canada Mental Health Research Program


Brain Canada Foundation

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the Brain Canada RFA website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


Brain Canada is pleased to be partnering with Bell Let’s Talk to launch the Bell Let’s Talk-Brain Canada Mental Health Research Program, a new funding opportunity to support novel and transformative research that will accelerate the integration of emerging scientific knowledge into developing and improving mental health care. The ultimate goal is the development of innovative solutions to ensure effective, sustainable, and accessible mental health care for all Canadians. Research projects must include a well-defined Knowledge Translation plan integrated throughout the entire granting period. Knowledge users and stakeholders should be engaged at each stage of the research process to ensure meaningful outcomes are achieved, and the impact of the research reaches beyond the grant itself. 


The funding opportunity is open to teams of two or more independent investigators from different institutions, or distinct research groups within the same institution. Teams must include at least one member with expertise in integrated Knowledge Translation. Depending on the nature of the research project, teams should include one or more of the following as collaborators: People with Lived Experience (PWLE), carers, allied-health workers, and/or health administrators.

  • Investigators must be conducting research at, and affiliated with, a Canadian institution for the entire duration of the grant. Academic appointments must have started by the deadline for Full Application submission.
  • Investigators 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). Postdoctoral fellows 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 substantial overlap arise from new funding awarded during the application and review process of this competition. 

Funding Availability

$3.8M to support four team grants

Maximum Project Value

up to $950,000 per grant

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

three years

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Letter of Intent - Required : Applicant to submit the Letter of Intent (LOI) using Brain Canada’s electronic grant management system – SmartSimple 

See the Request for Applications for Letter of Intent components.

Internal Deadline

Application if invited : Applicant to submit a copy of application, support letters and signature page along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Application if invited:  Applicant to submit the complete application using Brain Canada’s electronic grant management system – SmartSimple 

List of full application requirements can be found in the RFA

For Questions, please contact

Brain Canada

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

Alert Classifications
Funding Opportunities and Sponsor News

Health and Life Sciences