NARSAD Young Investigator Grant

Funding Agency:
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is the largest non-government, donor-supported organization that distributes funds for psychiatric brain and behavior disorder research. The Foundation’s NARSAD Young Investigator Grant (YI) program offers up to $35,000 a year for up to two (2) years to enable promising investigators to either extend their research fellowship training or to begin careers as independent research faculty. 

The program is intended to facilitate innovative research opportunities and supports basic, as well as translational and/or clinical investigators. All research must be relevant to our understanding, treatment and prevention of serious psychiatric disorders such as: schizophrenia; bipolar; mood and anxiety disorders; or early onset brain and behavior disorders. 

As is well known, the Foundation is interested in supporting the full range of relevant neurobiological and psychobiological basic science. We also support clinical science which can include careful studies using qualitative research approaches or research generating preliminary data to explore a new hypothesis generated by clinical experience or large sample studies.

Deadline: March 22, 2022 

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

1. Applicants must have a doctoral level degree (e.g., M.D. with [minimum PGY-IV] training, Ph.D., Psy.D., Pharm.D., etc.) and already be employed in research training, or be in a faculty research position. The YI Grant is intended to support advanced post-doctoral fellows, instructors and assistant professors (or equivalent). Pre-doctoral students, first year post-doctoral fellows, faculty who’ve serve(d) as a P.I. on a NIH R01 grant are not eligible. Investigators at the rank of associate professor or equivalent are also not eligible (assistant professors who serve(d) as a P.I. on a NIH R01 or equiv. grant are now eligible for the NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant);

2. Applicants must have an on-site mentor or senior collaborator who is an established investigator in areas relevant to psychiatric disorders. The mentor/sponsor role is usually extensive for fellowship extension (mentor), and more senior colleague/advisor (sponsor) for an applicant prepared to initiate independent science.

3. Applicants may only apply twice for an initial NARSAD Young Investigator Grant.



Amount Description

Funding is for one or two years and is up to $35,000 per year.


Funding Type


Duke Awardees


Kimberly Lynn Hills Carpenter, Ph.D

Min Fu, Ph.D

Merideth Alice Addicott, Ph.D

Andrada Delia Neacsiu, Ph.D

George McConnell, Ph.D

John Beyer, M.D.
Diffusion Tensor Imaging Changes in Late Life Bipolar Disorder

Thomas Blanpied, Ph.D.
Receptor-mediated Signaling and the Endocytic Machinery of Neuronal Dendrites

Aki Laakso, M.D., Ph.D.
Striatal hyperphosphorylation of Tau as a possible mechanism for tardive dyskinesia

Joseph McClernon, Ph.D.
Effects of Nicotine on Depression Symptoms: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Michael Ehlers, M.D., Ph.D.
Intracellular Trafficking of AMPA Receptors

Warren Taylor, M.D.
Diffusion Tensor Imaging Changes of the Prefrontal Cortex in Late-Life Depression

Frederick Cassidy, M.D.
Medications, Alcohol Abuse and Vascular Risk in Bipolar Patients: Focus on Elevated Homocysteine

Scott Compton, Ph.D.
The Effects of Exercise Training on Adolescents with Major Depression

Jill Compton, Ph.D.
Couple Interaction and Intimacy in the Treatment and Maintenance of Major Depression in the Elderly


Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

March 22, 2022