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Researchers for Studies on Suicide Prevention

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International individuals affiliated with nonprofit organizations and institutions for research that will further suicide prevention efforts. A letter of intent is required prior to submitting a full application. Applications will be accepted from investigators representing all academic disciplines for both basic and applied research. All studies must focus primarily on suicide or suicide prevention.

Grants are designed to advance innovative, high-risk, potentially high-yield projects that focus on a specific area of suicide prevention. All AFSP research grants are designed to support research on suicide from a variety of disciplines including psychiatry, medicine, psychology, genetics, epidemiology, neurobiology, sociology, nursing, social work, health services administration, and many others.

Types of Focus Grants:
Short-Term Risk:
- Supports innovative, potentially high-yield solutions that focus on short-term risk for suicide.
- The development of identification and/or intervention strategies for short-term suicide risk that can be readily implemented in clinical settings.

Reaching 20% by 2025:
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has set a bold goal to reduce our nation’s suicide rate 20% by the year 2025, and seeks the development of interventions that will save the greatest amount of lives.
- 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.

Blue Sky Research 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 the Foundation's Innovation Grants.
- Innovative projects in new areas of investigation with potentially high impact for the understanding and prevention of suicide. Open to all fields of inquiry

Allowable costs include:
- Compensation for investigators and other personnel required to conduct the research (e.g. technicians, research assistants, clerical staff), including salary and fringe benefits
- Consultant fees
- Consumable research supplies
- Costs related to assessment measures, tests or procedures
- Travel specifically required of personnel or participants to achieve the research aims
- Subject/participant fees
- Software licenses for the term of the grant
- Other direct costs required to carry out the proposed research

Detailed information about the grant types can be found at the URL for Full Text.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174472

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $500,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Grants may be funded for up to three years.

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.

The earliest start date is October 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Investigators from all academic disciplines are eligible to apply, and both basic science and applied research projects will be considered, provided that the proposed study has an essential focus on suicide or suicide prevention.

- AFSP research grants and fellowships are awarded to individuals affiliated with not-for-profit institutions or organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
- 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.

Grant applications are not accepted from for-profit organizations, or from federal or state government agencies.

Non-allowable costs include:
- Indirect costs
- Construction, alteration or maintenance of buildings
- Standard office equipment or furniture
- Durable equipment (e.g. computers, microscopes, imaging, and other laboratory equipment)
- Expenses related to conference attendance or presentations at conferences
- Books, periodicals or other publications
- Personnel recruiting and relocation expenses
- Per diem charges for hospital beds
- Tuition
- Purchase of software
- IRB fees

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Intent Due: Aug. 1, 2019
- Application Due Date: Dec. 7, 2019
- Review Dates: Spring 2020
- Funding Decisions: End of May 2020
- Earliest Start Date: October 2020

Letters of Intent should be emailed to the VP of Research. The Letter of Intent must be received by the posted date. If invited to apply, applications must be submitted via the online grant application/management system.

Individuals may be the Principal Investigator (PI) on only one grant at a time, and may not simultaneously be the PI on any other type of AFSP research grant.

If your application is not funded, you may resubmit your grant application up to two times after your initial submission. AFSP strongly encourages resubmission. If you decide to resubmit please include a letter outlining your consideration of the feedback provided on previous applications.

Human Subjects: The proposed research should be submitted to the sponsoring institution’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) no later than the date the application is submitted to AFSP. If a grant award is made by AFSP, no funds will be released until proof of IRB approval is received.

Animal Subjects: A certification of approval from The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is required to be submitted prior to the funding of an application.

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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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Letter of Intent should be emailed to:
Jill M. Harkavy-Friedman, PhD, Vice President of Research
212-363-3500 ext. 2039

Questions concerning application requirements should be addressed to

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.