We're The Stratas Foundation

We're The Stratas Foundation

We're The Stratas Foundation

A registered nonprofit organization transforming mental health in Canada through research and discovery.

Applications are now closed for the Winter 2021 award. Check back soon to apply for the Spring 2021 scholarship.

Evidence. Action. Change.

The Stratas Foundation is a nonprofit organization awarding research grants to early career scholars in Canada making discoveries that improve our understanding of the causes and treatments of mental disorders, such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress.


of Canadian public health research funding is allocated to mental health

1 in 5

Canadian youth experience mental illness or addiction problems


Stratas scholarships awarded in 2020

The Ride

4,500 kilometers. Five provinces. Over $25,000 raised for Canadian mental health research.
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“There’s a mental health research crisis in Canada.”

We believe that scientific research is the bedrock of public health. Mental illness isn't well-understood to begin with, but without adequate funding for research we're left even more in the dark. A world without scientific investigation and open inquiry is one that leaves us all worse off—without evidence-based medications, therapies,  or social services.

Most Canadian health researchers rely on government-issued grants provided by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). But only 4% of their budget, or roughly $40 million, is dedicated to mental health sciences.
The result is that fewer and fewer of our best young scientists and scholars are able to start careers in the mental health sciences, even though the prevalence of mental illness is increasing year after year.

The funding isn't there. Stratas is changing that.