NARSAD Grants & Foundation Prizes


A NARSAD Grant is one of the highest distinctions in the field of mental health research. Many investigators go on to receive larger federal and private grants based on their NARSAD Grant projects. Grant application submissions are reviewed by our Scientific Council which is made up of 173 world-renowned scientists. Led by Dr. Herbert Pardes, the Council reviews and selects the most promising research ideas with the greatest potential to lead to breakthroughs.  NARSAD Grants support a broad range of the best ideas in brain research. Funding is focused on four priority areas to better understand and treat mental illness, aiming toward prevention and ultimately cures:

    To understand what happens in the brain to cause mental illness.
    To advance or create new ways of studying and understanding the brain.

The Foundation awards three levels of Grants to researchers at all stages of their careers:

  • NARSAD Young Investigator Grant

    This grant supports scientists at the advanced post-doctoral or assistant professor (or equivalent) level. Grants are up to $35,000/year, for one or two years (maximum of $70,000).
  • NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant
    This grant supports scientists at the associate professor (or equivalent) level. Grants are up to $50,000/year, for two years (maximum of $100,000).



These dates indicate when the call for each NARSAD Grant application begins. All dates are subject to change. Email solicitations will be sent out before the open call for all NARSAD Grant applications. To join our email solicitation list please contact us.

Grant: *Time Table For Open Applications:
NARSAD Young Investigator Grants January - February
NARSAD Independent Investigator Grants November - December
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grants June - July




The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation honors Foundation-funded researchers for various achievements:

  • Klerman and Freedman Prizes are given to NARSAD Young Investigators for their outstanding contributions to mental health research.
  • Outstanding Achievement Prizes are awarded to scientists recognized for outstanding research leadership and contributions to mental health research. These annual prizes include: The Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research, the Colvin Prize for Mood Disorder Research, the Ruane Prize for Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research, the Goldman-Rakic Prize for Cognitive Neuroscience Research, and the Maltz Prize for Innovative Schizophrenia Research.
  • Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health recognizes a physician, scientist or public citizen whose extraordinary contribution has made a profound and lasting impact by improving the lives of people suffering from mental illness and by advancing the understanding of mental health.
  • Productive Lives Awards acknowledge the challenges, hope and the capacity for families and individuals to persevere and live productive lives with the help of science, family, friends and compassionate efforts of responsible civic and corporate leadership.

Nomination Periods:

    Prize: Announcements/Solicitations Sent: Prizes Awarded In:
    Outstanding Achievement Prizes April - May October in New York City
    Klerman & Freedman Prizes March - April July in New York City

    For more information, please contact Ms. Sho Tin Chen, Grants Manager at