Catalyst Grant : Standards for Children and Youth Mental Health Services

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is pleased to announce the launch of the Catalyst Grant: Towards Pan-Canadian Standards for Children and Youth Mental Health Services Funding Opportunity. This funding opportunity forms part of the National Standards for Mental Health Services Initiative, a Government of Canada priority outlined in Budget 2021, to support the development of pan-Canadian standards for mental health and substance use health services. This funding opportunity is led by CIHR’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, in partnership with Health Canada

Research Areas

This funding opportunity will support projects that focus on standards or guiding principles in mental health and/or substance use health services, including in virtual delivery of care, for children, youth, and young adults (ages 0 to 25; including the perinatal period), within or across any of the following settings. Research relevant to the workforce or providers who support children, youth, young adults, and/or their caregivers/families in these sectors is also applicable (e.g., standards relevant to training).

  • Community settings
  • Primary care settings
  • Education and school settings
  • Child welfare settings
  • Juvenile justice or correctional settings
  • Indigenous-led settings
  • Other specialized mental health and/or substance use settings



The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher. See more details about eligibility.


Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $4,400,000 enough to fund approximately 22 grants. The maximum amount per grant is $200,000 for one year.



Registration Deadline September 1, 2022
Application Deadline September 22, 2022
Anticipated Notice of Decision February 28, 2023
Funding Start Date March , 2023


For more details on this funding opportunity, please visit ResearchNet.


SFU signature sheet, CIHR routing slip, and copy of full application are due to no later than 3 business days before agency deadline.

Upcoming Deadlines