The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation supports innovative research studies that offer the potential for breakthrough discoveries. These discoveries are changing what it means to live with mental illness. Funding for our grants is focused on four priority areas to better understand and treat mental illness, aiming toward prevention and ultimately cures:
BASIC RESEARCH to understand what happens in the brain to cause mental illness
NEW TECHNOLOGIES to advance or create new ways of studying and understanding the brain
DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS/EARLY INTERVENTION to recognize early signs of mental illness and treat as early as possible.
NEXT GENERATION THERAPIES to reduce symptoms of mental illness and ultimately cure and prevent brain and behavior disorders
Led by Dr. Herbert Pardes the Scientific Council reviews and selects the most promising research ideas with the greatest potential to lead to breakthroughs. The Council is composed of world-renowned scientists including Nobel Prize winners, recipients of the National Medal of Science, Directors of The National Institute of Mental Health, members of the National Academy of Sciences, Chairs of Psychiatric & Neuroscience Departments at Leading Medical Institutions, and Members of the National Institute of Medicine. The Council guides us to fund creative and impactful research proposals that are relevant to the whole spectrum of mental health. The Scientific Council selects the most creative and impactful proposals, many of which would otherwise not get funded.
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The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is a global nonprofit organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of psychiatric and mental illnesses.
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.
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.
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.