Frequently Asked Questions

What types of disciplines and research have received funding from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation?

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to research across all brain and behavior disorders (not disease specific). Recipients of NARSAD Grants represent an extraordinary variety of disciplines. Research has included (but is not limited to) studies in: genetics, neurobiology, molecular biology, imaging, neurochemical studies, neurophysiology, electrophysiology, clinical psychopharmacology, descriptive clinical studies, epidemiological research, treatment modalities, cognition studies, and outcome and prevention research.

Research has been funded in (but is not limited to) the following areas:

  • Alzheimer's Disease (in relation to brain and behavior disorders)
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism and its Subtypes
  • Bipolar Disorder (previously Manic Depression)
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dementia
  • Depersonalization Disorder
  • Depression and its Subtypes (including Postpartum Depression)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Huntington's Disease (in relation to brain and behavior disorders)
  • Memory Disorders (in relation to brain and behavior disorders)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parkinson's Disease (in relation to brain and behavior disorders)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Schizophrenia and Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicide
  • Tourette's Syndrome (in relation to brain and behavior disorders)

Is there any track record of the research the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has funded since its inception as NARSAD?

The NARSAD Young Investigator Grants have proven to be catalytic— our survey shows they have led to subsequent grant funding on average 19 times the original grant amount.

See our Breakthroughs Timeline to learn more about the impact of NARSAD Grants on the mental health field.

How are grants reviewed?

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council, a prestigious group of 150 volunteers, widely recognized as the leaders in every major area of brain and behavior research, leads the rigorous and competitive process of identifying the most promising ideas for funding globally.

Does the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation offer special recognition for scientists?

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation recognizes scientists through Outstanding Achievement Prizes as well as the Klerman and Freedman Prizes and through an annual NARSAD Young Investigator Symposium held each year.

Does the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation support international researchers?

Yes. Eligible international applicants are welcome to apply (either in or outside the U.S.).

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply for your grants?


How often are the three programs (NARSAD Young, Independent, and Distinguished Investigator) offered?

Each program may be offered yearly.

Are grants non-taxable?

Our grants to the universities are non-taxable.  However, depending on how you utilize the funds (i.e., salary support), your university may have different guidelines. We recommend speaking with someone in your Grants and Contracts Office.