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. Grant application submissions are reviewed by our Scientific Council which is made up of 165 world-renowned scientists. Led by Dr. Herbert Pardes, the Council reviews and selects the most promising research ideas with the greatest potential to lead to breakthroughs. NARSAD Grants support a broad range of the best ideas in brain research. Funding is focused on three priority areas to better understand and treat mental illness, aiming toward prevention and ultimately cures:
- BASIC RESEARCH
To understand what happens in the brain to cause mental illness.
- NEW TECHNOLOGIES
To advance or create new ways of studying and understanding the brain.
- DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS/EARLY INTERVENTION
To recognize early signs of mental illness and treat as early as possible.
- NEXT GENERATION THERAPIES
To reduce symptoms of mental illness and retrain the brain.
The Foundation awards three levels of Grants to researchers at all stages of their careers:
- NARSAD Young Investigator Grant
This grant supports scientists at the advanced post-doctoral or assistant professor (or equivalent) level. Grants are up to $35,000/year, for one or two years (maximum of $70,000).
- NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant
This grant supports scientists at the associate professor (or equivalent) level. Grants are up to $50,000/year, for two years (maximum of $100,000).
- NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant
This grant supports scientists at the full professor (or equivalent) level. Grants are up to $100,000 for one year.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation honors Foundation-funded researchers for various achievements:
- Klerman and Freedman Prizes are given to NARSAD Young Investigators for their outstanding contributions to mental health research.
- Outstanding Achievement Prizes are awarded to scientists recognized for outstanding research leadership and contributions to mental health research. These annual prizes include: The Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research, the Colvin Prize for Mood Disorder Research, the Ruane Prize for Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research, the Goldman-Rakic Prize for Cognitive Neuroscience Research, and the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize for Innovative Schizophrenia Research.
- Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health recognizes a physician, scientist or public citizen whose extraordinary contribution has made a profound and lasting impact by improving the lives of people suffering from mental illness and by advancing the understanding of mental health.
- Productive Lives Awards acknowledge the challenges, hope and the capacity for families and individuals to persevere and live productive lives with the help of science, family, friends and compassionate efforts of responsible civic and corporate leadership.