IAMHRF Annual Meeting (London)


London, UK

This year's IAMHRF's annual meeting, graciously hosted by the Wellcome Trust in London, brought together 60 representatives and thought leaders from 26 research funding organizations. For the first time, the group was joined by colleagues from funding organizations in India, a clear step towards including the voice of the Global South to develop a more inclusive agenda for mental health research.

In the broader context of Open Science, the group discussed the development of research standards and harmonized measures in mental health and the potential role of the collective of funders to help drive these efforts worldwide.

With the current momentum and inclusion of mental health on the global economic and political agendas, four key areas were identified at this meeting for the funders forum to act upon over the near future and beyond:

  1. Data-interoperability: To drive international coordination of data architecture and to increase the adoption of shared data models;
  2. Mobilize funds for mental health research: To develop a broader public movement to attract more funds and convert important shares from philanthropists and gift givers to mental health research;
  3. Systematically involve people with lived and living experience: To understand the impact and to develop principles and standards that outline the process; 
  4. Utilizing all global mental health research potential: To identify thought leaders and engage more research funding organizations that are based in and fund in low- and middle-income countries.