The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention raises awareness, funds scientific research, and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.
To advance this mission, AFSP welcomes applications for its Distinguished Investigator Innovation Grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $125,000 over two years will be awarded to investigators at the level of associate or full professor and an established record of research and publication in the area of suicide. Grants are intended to fund new directions and initiatives in suicide research rather than to supplement the applicant's existing research. Investigators must have an established record of research and publication on suicide.
The foundation supports research in numerous disciplines, including psychiatry, medicine, psychology, genetics, epidemiology, neurobiology, sociology, nursing, social work, health services administration, and others. Grants are not intended to support the development or implementation of prevention programs, educational programs, treatments, or other interventions that do not have a significant research component.
Research grants program priority areas for 2020-22 include:
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.
The AFSP also continues to maintain a strong interest in research related to survivors of suicide loss.
To be eligible, applicants must be affiliated with a not-for-profit institution or organization in the U.S. or abroad. Applications are not accepted from for-profit organizations or from federal or state government agencies.
See the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.