NARSAD Independent Investigator Grants

The Application Call for the 2017 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant is Closed.

Thank you for applying!


*Please take note of the following changes:

  • An assistant professor who is currently or has been a P.I. on a NIH R01 grant is now eligible.
  • Researchers are eligible for only one NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant.

**Submit your application as early as possible to avoid any last-minute technical complications that may arise with your submission.


The NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant provides support for investigators during the critical period between the initiation of research and the receipt of sustained funding. A two-year grant up to $100,000 or $50,000 per year is provided to scientists at the associate professor level or equivalent who are clearly independent and have won national competitive support as a principal investigator. Please note that an assistant professor who is a principal investigator on a NIH R01 grant is now eligible for the NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to schizophrenia, major affective disorders, or other serious mental illnesses. The program is intended to facilitate innovative research opportunities.

NARSAD is an acronym for National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the former name of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation