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Call for Applications: 2014 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is now accepting online applications for the 2014 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant.
Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 11:59 p.m. Eastern
Submit your application as early as possible to avoid any last-minute technical complications that may arise with your submission.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is the largest non-government, donor-supported organization that distributes funds for brain and behavior disorder research.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant offers up to $50,000 a year for two (2) years and is intended for scientist at the associate professor level (or equivalent) with national competitive supports as a principal Investigator (P.I.).
Please note that an assistant professor who is a Principal Investigator (P.I.) on a NIH R01 grant is now eligible for the Independent Investigator Grant. The Independent Investigator Grant stands between the Young and Distinguished Investigator Grants. The Young Investigator is intended to extend initial research training, or support scientists at the assistant professor rank. The Distinguished Investigator supports senior investigators (full professor or equivalent) pursuing innovative, new directions. Strict adherence to eligibility guidelines for the Independent Investigator will apply to prevent overlap between the programs, and to ensure that a reasonable proportion of applications judged to be excellent can be funded.
The program is intended to facilitate innovative research opportunities and supports basic, as well as translational and/or clinical investigators, however, research must be relevant to understanding, treatment and prevention of serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or early onset brain and behavior disorders.
As is well known, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is interested in supporting the full range of relevant neurobiological and psychobiological basic science. We also support clinical grants which can include careful studies using qualitative research approaches or research generating preliminary data to explore a new hypothesis generated by clinical experience or large sample studies. NARSAD Grants are not sufficient to support expensive large sample patient-based studies but it may be possible to attach a study to a clinical project already under way or for which other funding has become available. Some possibilities for preliminary clinical studies include:
1. Support for an add-on study to identify a biomarker in the context of an ongoing clinical trial.
2. Determining if a computer-based cognitive or other remediation enhances effectiveness of a treatment.
3. Proof of principle study in a small number of subjects to see if efficacy is detected with a new treatment.
4. Testing a novel hypothesis within an already established data set.
5. Research on productive work and other treatment outcomes.
These examples do not define specific Brain & Behavior Research Foundation goals, but illustrate feasibility of
expensive clinical research in the context of the NARSAD Grants program.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to spending all contributions for direct research support. Operational expenses are generously underwritten by two family foundations. Administrative cost is small—reviewers are Scientific Council members and volunteer their time; therefore, no feedback can be provided.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America Trainee Award
The Clinician Trainee Award acknowledges clinician trainees who have excelled in their performance in an internship or clinical training setting. ADAA will give up to three awards, providing trainees the opportunity to attend the annual conference, meet with a senior clinician mentor there, and become involved with the organization.
Application deadline: December 23, 2013
Complimentary registration to the ADAA Annual Conference
Recognition at the Opening Session
Lodging for three nights during the conference
Assignment of a senior clinician mentor from the ADAA professional membership
Award Criteria and Eligibility
Graduate students in a supervised clinical setting as part of a graduate degree program in the mental health field (MA, MD, MPH, MSN, MSW, PhD, PsyD) or psychiatry residents in a supervised clinical setting
Completion of at least six months of supervision in a clinical setting the previous twelve months
At least half of the clinical work must be in direct service to patients with anxiety disorders (GAD, OCD, PTSD, panic and agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias) and anxiety and depression.
Winners must commit to attending the entire ADAA Annual Conference.
The primary supervisor, department chair, mentor, or advisor nominates a candidate by completing an application that includes a description (500 words) of the nominee’s clinical skills in these areas:
use of empirically supported treatments
understanding combination treatments involving pharmacological and behavioral treatments
demonstration of clinical skill sets, such as CBT case-conceptualization skills and creativity in implementation of exposure tasks