Grant Opportunities

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Since AFSP began in 1987, encouraging and supporting scientific research on suicide causation, prevention and treatment has been at the heart of the Foundation's mission. Our research grants program seeks to: Encourage established investigators to undertake innovative approaches and explore new directions in suicide research; Encourage talented new investigators to enter the field of suicide research through grants that provide training support and mentoring; Provide seed money for pilot projects that show promise in opening up new areas of suicide research. AFSP research grants support the work of investigators from all disciplines that contribute to our understanding of suicide and suicide prevention. Since 2000, AFSP has given grant support totaling over $10 million to scientists throughout the country and abroad for studies on neurobiological, genetic, epidemiological, clinical, psychological and sociological aspects of suicide. Since 2001, more than 95 percent of AFSP grantees have received further funding from public and private sources to continue their research. This shows that AFSP-funded research is making an impact, and is attracting young investigators to the field.

NCATS Pharmaceutical Collection

The NCATS Pharmaceutical Collection (NPC), also known as the NIH Chemical Genomics Center (NCGC) Pharmaceutical Collection, is a comprehensive, publicly accessible collection of approved and investigational drugs for high-throughput screening that provides a valuable resource for both validating new models of disease and better understanding the molecular basis of disease pathology and intervention. The NPC already has generated several useful probes for studying a diverse cross section of biology, including novel targets and pathways. NCATS provides access to its set of approved drugs and bioactives through the Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases (TRND) program and as part of the compound collection for the Tox21 Initiative, a collaborative effort for toxicity screening among several government agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Toxicology Program (NTP), and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Researchers who are interested in NCATS' Therapeutics Discovery funding must submit a pre-application in response to the NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement at by Aug. 14, 2012. Applicants must include details about how they would explore specific hypotheses related to one of the compounds that might be useful in a specific disease area. The pre-applications will undergo review by external experts, and while no funding will be provided at this stage, successful applicants will be notified to submit a full application for fiscal year 2013 funding.
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Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung International Research Prize Call for Nominations: The Biological Basis of Psychiatric Disorders

The Else Kröner Fresenius-Stiftung Foundation will award an international research prize in the field of the “biological basis of psychiatric disorders.” The prize, Else Kröner Fresenius Pries für Medizinische Forschung, is endowed with 4 million euros, 3. 4 million euros of which will be dedicated to the future research of the winner. Candidates must be researchers who have made ground breaking contributions to science in the field of the biological basis of psychiatric disorders and who are in a position to accomplish a world leading program of research over the next 5 years. Nominations must be accompanied by at least two letters of recommendation from internationally leading researchers in the field from two different countries. The application deadline is January 14, 2016. For more information please visit the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung website,
Sponsor(s): The Else Kröner Fresenius-Stiftung Foundation

American Psychiatric Association: Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators

The Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators program is presented by APA in conjunction with the Committee on Research Training of the Council on Research. The purpose of the Research Colloquium is to provide guidance, mentorship and encouragement to young investigators in the early phases of their training. Junior investigators will have an opportunity to obtain feedback about their past, present, and future research work from mentors who are leaders in their field in a small group setting. The researcher can also get guidance as well as general information about career development and grantsmanship. Candidates whose research interests are similar to those listed below are encouraged to apply. Please visit for additional information.
Sponsor(s): American Psychiatric Association
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Community Education

See community initiatives funded in part by the ACNP that help people learn more about mental health and read about winners of our Outreach Initiative Awards in the Community Education Programs section.

Member Interviews

For historical perspective, read ACNP interviews with pioneers in the field of psychopharmacology.