About Us

About Us

Since 1987, we have awarded more than $380 million to fund more than 5,500 grants to more than 4,500 scientists around the world.

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Our Mission

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.

Key Figures

$380+ million

Since 1987 we have awarded more than $380 million to fund more than 5,500 grants.


100% of your contributions for research are invested in our grants to scientists thanks to the generous support of two family foundations which cover our operating expenses.


The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is the nation’s top non-governmental funder of mental health research grants.*

* Source: Rand Corporation

4,500 scientists

More than 4,500 scientists in more than 547 institutions around the world have received our Grants.

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What We Fund

  • Our model encourages new and innovative research in that we are able to support new ideas from bottom up generated by scientists.
  • Each of these important breakthroughs received initial key support from grants provided by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.
  • 100% of your donation for research will be invested directly into our Grants thanks to the generosity of two family foundations that underwrite our operational expenses.


How We Do It

The Foundation funds the most innovative ideas in neuroscience and psychiatry to better understand the causes and develop new ways to treat brain and behavior disorders.

These illnesses include

  • addiction
  • attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • anxiety
  • autism
  • bipolar disorder
  • borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • schizophrenia

Learn More About the Foundation

We Are

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is a global nonprofit organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of psychiatric and mental illnesses.

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Beginning in 1987, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation was providing seed money to neuroscientists to invest in “out of the box” research that the government and other sources were unwilling to fund. Today, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is still the leading, private philanthropy in the world in this space.

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Meet the people who make up the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Our staff of experts, passionate Board of Directors, and Scientific Council which includes Nobel prize winners and chairs of psychiatric departments around the world.

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Annual Report
& Financials

We take our responsibility to our donors seriously and believe that our financial operations must be transparent. We're proud to say that 100% of your contribution for research is invested directly in research grants.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

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The latest news on brain and behavior research and issues that matter most to you.

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