The Foundation awards three types of Grants to researchers at all stages of their careers
The NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Two-year awards up to $70,000, or $35,000 per year are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders or child and adolescent mental illnesses.
The NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant provides support for investigators during the critical period between the initiation of research and the receipt of sustained funding. A two-year grant up to $100,000 or $50,000 per year is provided to scientists at the associate professor level or equivalent who are clearly independent and have won national competitive support as a principal investigator. Please note that an assistant professor who is a principal investigator on a NIH R01 grant is now eligible for the NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to schizophrenia, major affective disorders, or other serious mental illnesses. The program is intended to facilitate innovative research opportunities.
The NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant provides support for experienced investigators (full professor or equivalent) conducting neurobiological and behavioral research. A one-year grant of $100,000 is provided for established scientists pursuing innovative projects in diverse areas of neurobiological research. Areas of particular interest to the Scientific Council's Selection Committee include patient populations with unique or unusual characteristics and central nervous system developments.
About NARSAD Grants
- A NARSAD Grant is one of the highest distinctions in the field of mental health research. Many investigators go on to receive larger federal and private grants based on their NARSAD Grant projects.
- All Grant application submissions are reviewed by our Scientific Council which reviews and selects the most promising research ideas with the greatest potential to lead to advancements and breakthroughs.
- NARSAD Grants support a broad range of the best ideas in brain research. Funding is focused on four priority areas to better understand and treat mental illness, aiming toward prevention and ultimately cures.
- NARSAD Grant recipients have gone on to receive more than $3 billion in additional research funding in next stage NIMH and NIH grants.