The Inequities of Mental Health Research (IAMHRF)
One in four people in the world will be affected by a mental disorder at some point in their life, and mental health problems are currently the leading cause of global morbidity. Effectively addressing and understanding this vast unmet need requires research that spans basic research, all the way through to clinical/applied research. Research deepens our knowledge of mental ill-health and its underlying mechanisms and allows us to understand which interventions are effective and for whom.
By setting funding levels and designing funding programs, policymakers and funders directly influence what kind of research is being conducted, where and by whom, and at what scale. But our understanding of the distribution of mental health research funding is limited, potentially undermining the effectiveness of such investments. This report attempts to fill that gap for the first time by mapping the global mental health research funding landscape.
The International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders (IAMHRF) has analyzed over 75,000 research grants awarded by nearly 350 funders from over 35 countries, revealing for the first time the extent and nature of mental health research funding.