Fostering Collaboration in Mental Health Research Funding


The International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders is a collaborative of the largest and most innovative mental health research funders from around the world. It provides a strategic forum to its members to shape the global mental health research funding agenda and strives to increase impact from research investments. One of the major goals of the Alliance is to foster collaboration. In particular, it is well positioned to promote greater knowledge exchange within the sector and to help identify priority areas for targeted research funding schemes. 

The Alliance was started in 2009 under the name of SOS (Science of Science) Mental Health to study how to increase the impact of mental health research funding. The initiative was a collaborative of four mental health research funders with administrative responsibilities carried out by the Graham Boeckh Foundation. Since then, the Alliance membership has grown substantially to a diverse group of member organizations from around the world with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the mental health sector, health research funding, research policy and health innovations.   

The Alliance is grateful for generous financial support from:

  • Janssen
  • The Ontario Mental Health Foundation

Feature Project

The latest research initiative of the Alliance is called Project Ecosystem. This project was carried out by RAND Europe and maps the global funding of mental health research between 2009 and 2014...

Recent Publication

Mental health issues impose an enormous disease burden on societies across the world. Depression alone affects 350 million people globally and is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Latest News

The international funders held their 2016 Annual Meeting on October 24th and 25th at the National Institute of Health (ISS) in Rome, Italy.