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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.
Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Prize
This prize is a biennial grant that supports exceptional research and mentoring accomplishments in the area of serious mental illness.
Deadline: April 15, 2014
Sponsor: American Psychological Foundation
The $20,000 grant supports “exceptional individuals working in the area of serious mental illness,” including but not limited to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and paranoia (delusional disorder).
The American Psychological Foundation provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.
The APF Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Prize recognizes “exceptional individuals working in the area of serious mental illness,” including but not limited to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and paranoia (delusional disorder). The prize was established to honor the late Alexander Gralnick, MD, and to reflect the breadth of his accomplishments and contributions in the field of serious mental illness. Dr. Gralnick was a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and he received the American Psychiatric Association’s Distinguished Service Award and the Service to the Mentally Ill Award of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation. The prize aims to carry on Dr. Gralnick’s legacy by facilitating research by doctoral-level investigators in the area of serious mental illness.
To encourage psychologists to assume a leadership role for psychology in the area of serious mental illness.
To encourage the training of future psychologists to become leaders in this field.
To provide funding for recipients to ensure that psychologists work to advance understanding and treatment for those who are affected by serious mental illnesses.
A doctoral degree and a record of significant research productivity in the area of serious mental illness.
A record of significant involvement in training and development of younger investigators.
An affiliation with an accredited college, university or other research/treatment institution.
APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation.
Please submit the following:
A letter of nomination outlining the candidate’s accomplishments, prospects for future contributions and influence on the development of other psychologists.
A statement of accomplishments to date.
A plan for the next five years (written by the nominee) for continuing to make advances in the field of serious mental illness and training other psychologists to become leaders in this field.
Photo copies of two seminal publications.
A current, brief CV.
Candidates will be chosen on the excellence of the full breadth of research conducted and published to date, ongoing research productivity, and influence on a future generation of researchers.
Submit nomination materials online by midnight (ET), on April 15. Self-nominations will be accepted.
For questions about this program please email Parie Kadir.