Our History

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  • The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation began as a family movement in 1981 and has become the world’s leading private funder of mental health research. The first NARSAD Grants were awarded in 1987.

  • The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation invests in scientific research and believes that science is the purveyor of hope for improving the lives of the mentally ill. 

  • The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation supports innovative research studies that offer the potential for breakthrough discoveries.

  • The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation awards the most promising research by the most talented scientists.

  • The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation provides an opportunity for family and friends of the mentally ill to be part of the solution to mental illness.