The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide.
AFSP research grants support studies that aim to increase understanding of the causes of suicide and factors related to suicide risk, or to test treatments and other interventions designed to prevent suicide. Investigators from all academic disciplines are eligible to apply, and both basic science and applied research projects will be considered, providing the study has an essential focus on suicide or suicide prevention. In addition to U.S.-based applicants, AFSP grants and fellowships can be awarded to applicants at institutions outside the U.S., as well as to international applicants who are working at U.S. institutions.
AFSP offers six types of research grants:
Distinguished Investigator Grants of up to $100,000 over two years are awarded to investigators at the level of associate professor or higher with an established record of research and publication on suicide.
Standard Research Grants of up to $75,000 over two years are awarded to individual investigators at any level.
Linked Standard Research Grants for three or more sites of up to $225,000 over two years are awarded to investigators at any level.
Young Investigator Grants of up to $85,000 over two years are awarded to investigators at the level of assistant professor or lower. In addition to a maximum of $75,000 for the investigator's research, these grants provide an additional $10,000 ($5,000 per year) for an established suicide researcher who will mentor the young investigator.
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships of up to $100,000 over two years are awarded to investigators who have received a Ph.D., M.D., or other doctoral degree within the preceding six years and have not had more than three years of fellowship support. Fellows receive a progressive stipend of $42,000 in the first year and $46,000 in the second, with an institutional allowance of $6,000 per year.
Pilot Grants of up to $30,000 over one or two years are awarded to investigators at any level. These grants provide seed money for new projects that have the potential to lead to subsequent larger investigations.
Date due: December 1, 2010 (for all grants)
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