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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Research Focus Grants

Grant Amount: See below
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due August 1, 2024
Category: Suicide; Mental Health,
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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Focus Grants are targeted, innovative and potentially high impact studies that seek to inform and even transform suicide prevention efforts. The foundation offers three funding mechanisms within their Research Focus Grant program:

Short-term risk
The Focus grant for short-term risk is open to innovative, potentially high-yield proposals that focus on short-term risk for suicide. The goal of this grant is to examine identification and/or intervention strategies for short-term suicide risk that can be implemented in clinical settings.
Funding is up to $500,000 per year for up to three years.

Reaching 20%
AFSP has set a goal to reduce our nation’s suicide rate 20%. They believe that by targeting areas known to contribute to suicide burden we can reach this goal. This Focus Grant RFA seeks applications that address potential biological, psychological, social and/or environmental pathways and interventions that can significantly reduce the national suicide rate if ultimately implemented on a large scale. The goal of this grant is to fund universal, selective or indicated interventions that target suicide prevention in healthcare systems, emergency departments, corrections settings, or among the gun owning community, that, if implemented on a large scale, would reduce the annual U.S. suicide rate.
Funding is up to $500,000 per year for up to three years.

Blue sky research grant
The Blue sky grant supports an innovative, impactful study in an area of suicide research that will achieve significant goals. This mechanism is intended for studies that, by their very nature, are clearly beyond the financial scope of our Innovation Grants. The goal of this grant is to fund innovative projects in new areas of investigation with potentially high impact for the understanding and prevention of suicide. Open to all fields of inquiry.
Funding is up to $500,000 per year for up to three years.

AFSP encourages collaborative projects with investigators experienced in suicide research. Matching funds or partnering with a large healthcare system is encouraged.

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