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Grants to USA, Canada, and International academic investigators for research on suicide and suicide prevention. Some applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to submitting a full application. The Funding Source has a strong interest in research related to survivors of suicide loss. Priority will be given to proposals that address diversity and evaluation of technological tools for suicide prevention.

Innovation grants are offered in six categories:

  • Distinguished Investigator Innovation Grants: Grants awarded to investigators at the level of associate professor or higher with an established record of research and publication on suicide.
  • Standard Research Innovation Grants: Grants awarded to individual investigators at any level.
  • Linked Standard Research Innovation Grants: Grants awarded to investigators at any level performing research involving two or more unique sites with each site contributing unique expertise, as well as data collection.
  • Young Investigator Innovation Grants: Grants awarded to investigators at or below the level of assistant professor. These grants must allocate $10,000 ($5,000 per year) of their award for an established suicide researcher to mentor the Young Investigator. AFSP is available to assist you in identifying a suitable mentor.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Innovation Grants: Grants awarded to investigators who have received a Ph.D., M.D., or other doctoral degree within the preceding six years and have had no more than three years of fellowship support. Fellows receive a stipend of $50,000 per year and an institutional allowance of $10,000 per year.
  • Pilot Innovation Grants: Awarded to investigators at any level, these grants provide seed funding for new projects that have the potential to lead to larger investigations. These grants typically entail feasibility studies rather than hypothesis-driven research. Examples include manual development and new biomarker development.

AFSP suicide research grants program priority areas for 2020–2022:

  • Diversity: Suicide prevention research related to underrepresented communities, health, and mental health disparities and inequities, as well as researchers from underrepresented backgrounds proposing research focused on understanding and preventing suicide.
  • Evaluation of technological tools for suicide prevention: The application of implementation science methodology to evaluate technological tools available in order to expand access and overcome barriers for suicide prevention.
  • Survivors of Suicide Loss: Research related to survivors of suicide loss, understanding the impact of suicide loss and it’s after-effects, and the process of healing.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163155

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Distinguished Investigator Grants: Up to $125,000 over 2 years
- Standard Research Grants: Up to $100,000 over 2 years
- Linked Standard Research Grants: Up to $450,000 over 2 years
- Young Investigator Grants: Up to $90,000 over 2 years
- Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: Up to $120,000 over 2 years. (Salary of $50,000 per year. Allowance of $10,000 per year.)
- Pilot Grants: Up to $30,000 over 2 years

Term of Contract:

New grantees must begin their studies within 6 months of the approved start date. Failure to begin the study within this time frame may result in withdrawal of the grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

AFSP research grants and fellowships are awarded to individuals affiliated with not-for-profit institutions or organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Grant applications are not accepted from for-profit organizations, or from federal or state government agencies. Applications from the Veterans Administration are eligible. Applications from both private and public colleges and universities are eligible so long as the institution is not-for-profit. Check with your institution’s financial department if you are not certain about the status of your institution. Grant payments are made to the grantee institution for the individual investigator.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are awarded to individuals who will be receiving training and conducting research at universities and other training institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Fellowship applicants must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D., M.D., or other doctoral degree prior to the start date of the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Individuals who have three or more academic years of postdoctoral fellowship research experience prior to the time the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship would begin are not eligible for this award.

Pre-Application Information:

Review Cycle:
- Letter of Intent Due: None - Excluding Linked Standard Research Grants
- Due Date: Nov. 15, 2021
- Review Dates: Spring 2022
- Funding Decisions: End of May 2022
- Earliest Start Date: October 2022

Linked Standard Research Grants: Applications must submit a Letter of Intent by September 15 to be eligible to apply.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
120 Wall Street
29th Floor
New York, NY 10005

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