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NARSAD Young Investigator Grants - Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

Deadline Date: 
February, 2017

The NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Two-year awards up to $70,000, or $35,000 per year are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders or child and adolescent mental illnesses.

A few NARSAD Young Investigator Grantees are selected each year to present at the foundation's annual Scientific Symposium in New York City. NARSAD Young Investigator Grantees are also eligible to be selected for the Foundation’s Freedman Prize for Outstanding Basic Research and Klerman Prize for Outstanding Clinical Research. Selection is based upon outstanding research as outlined in the final progress report of the NARSAD Grant project.

*Assistant Professors with an NIH R01 Grant are now eligible to apply for the NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant.

NARSAD Young Investigator Grants enable early career scientists to garner pilot data for innovative ideas before they have “proof of concept” for their work. Once their NARSAD Grant project is complete, Investigators usually go on to receive sustained grant support from other sources that has proven to equal as much as 50 times the original research grant amount. NARSAD Grants offer the first critical backing of these young scientists' work. Here are a few examples of NARSAD Young Investigator Grantees whose early work was initially supported with a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant and who went on to make breakthroughs in mental health research:

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