The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research


The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR)

For More Information

For more information see the Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research website.


Applications are now being accepted for The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research, which was established by The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR) in 2015 to recognize and support Canadian early-career researchers with a focus in the area of mental health.

The annual national Prize provides funding to outstanding rising star career researchers who are 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.

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.


Candidates shall be exceptional rising star researchers who are 45 years of age or younger at the application date who 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 the Prize is awarded. In addition, they shall be affiliated with a Canadian academic or clinical institution, their research shall be in a mental health discipline, and they must hold an M.D. (or equivalent) and/or a PhD.

Funding Availability

$100,000 will be awarded to one person or a research team of up to three persons.

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

How to Apply

The applicant must submit a package containing a completed and signed application form, a cover letter, a 1000 word summary of their research, a CV, 3 signed letters of support, a copy of their Web of Science h-index and Citation Report, and confirmation that the applicant is a Canadian citizen or has landed immigrant status in Canada to Please submit an OR-5 and a completed application to by the external deadline. 

For more information on how to apply see the IMHR application guidelines and the application form.

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