Research and Projects

Project Ecosystem

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. It builds from the bottom up a picture of who the major funders are, what kinds of research they support and how their strategies relate to one another. It uses the funding acknowledgements on journal papers as a starting point for this. The study also looks to the future, considering some of the areas of focus, challenges and opportunities which may shape the field in the coming few years. The main report is accompanied by a set of 32 'deep dive' case studies of individual research funders, a set of six cross-cutting themes that emerged from the analysis and methodological appendices. 

The project was supported in Canada by the Graham Boeckh Foundation, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; in the UK by the National Institute for Health Research, the Wellcome Trust and MQ: Transforming Mental Health Through Research; and in Australia by the Movember Foundation.

 

Project Retrosight

The Mental Health Retrosight Study sheds light on what makes biomedical research more likely to benefit patients.

The Mental Health Retrosight study of 20 years of research in the field of schizophrenia shows how research projects that successfully translated into patients benefit share certain characteristics, such as multidisciplinary researchers or teams, and clinically-oriented rather than basic research topics. These attributes could be selected for, promoted or nurtured to increase the impact of future research on improving patients' lives. 

The project was supported in Canada by the Graham Boeckh Foundation, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; in the UK by the National Institute for Health Research; and in the USA by the National Institute of Mental Health.  

Mental Health Retrosight: Research Brief - identifying the attributes of successfully translated research (lessons from schizophrenia)

International Comparative Performance of Mental Health Research

Scientific understanding of mental health and its neurobiological and psychosocial underpinnings has greatly increased in the last three decades. Yet, little is known about the landscape of this knowledge and how and where it is evolving. Through the Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders, RAND Europe conducted a bibliometric assessment of mental health research (MHR) outputs from 1980 to 2008. The study demonstrated that bibliometrics can help highlight the potential drivers of variation in performance of MHR systems and provides an analytical basis for benchmarking MHR trends in the future. 

This initiative was funded by the Graham Boeckh Foundation and is a result of a collaboration between Observatoire des sciences et des technologies in Montreal and RAND Europe.

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