Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: Distinguished Investigator Grants

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is the world’s largest private funder of mental health research grants. BBRF awards research grants to develop improved treatments, cures, and methods of prevention for mental illness. The Foundation’s Distinguished Investigator Grant Program offers up to $100,000 for a one year period and is intended for established scientists who maintain peer reviewed competitively funded scientific programs. Extensions to the grant will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

BBRF funds the most innovative ideas in neuroscience and psychiatry to better understand the causes and develop new ways to effectively treat brain and behavior disorders. These illnesses include addiction, ADHD, anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, as well as research in suicide prevention. BBRF’s Distinguished Investigator Grant program supports basic and/or clinical investigators and is designed to stimulate the development of key personnel and resources, to facilitate the rapid initiation of research in innovative areas, and to enable investigators to create unique scientific opportunities.

Trans-diagnostic designs involving several disorders are welcome. Some disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are supported by BBRF but only if primary psychiatric disorders listed above are included in the research design and the proposal emphasizes the work’s impact on our understanding of brain and behavior disorders.

Award requirements:
Applicants must be a full professor (or equivalent), and maintain peer reviewed competitively funded scientific programs.
Applicants may not receive the award for a second time.
Funding is for one year and is up to $100,000. Funding of institutional overhead at an 8% rate (excluding equipment) is allowed and overhead must be included within the total budget request which may not exceed $100,000. Equipment, salary, and technical support are typical budget requests, but the Foundation wishes applicants to identify requirements specific to their research and setting.
Applications must be completed and submitted online by December 5, 2023 (11:59 p.m., ET). Late submissions will not be accepted.
Requests for further information will be made to selected investigators.
Notification of awards will be mailed by May 2024. It is the Foundation’s policy to provide no feedback on applications, other than funding notification.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.