American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Encouraging and supporting scientific research on suicide causation, prevention and treatment is at the heart of the Foundation's mission.

Sponsor: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Our research grants program seeks to:
Encourage established investigators to undertake innovative approaches and explore new directions in suicide research; Encourage talented new investigators to enter the field of suicide research through grants that provide training support and mentoring; Provide seed money for pilot projects that show promise in opening up new areas of suicide research. Since 2000, AFSP has given grant support totaling over $8 million to scientists throughout the country and abroad for studies on neurobiological, genetic, epidemiological, clinical, psychological and sociological aspects of suicide. In 2007, an additional $2.3 million will be awarded for new grant projects. AFSP grants are awarded for one or two-year periods. Descriptions of specific grants are available on the website,


AFSP research grants support studies that aim to increase understanding of the causes of suicide and factors related to suicide risk, or to test treatments and other interventions designed to prevent suicide. Investigators from all academic disciplines are eligible to apply, and both basic science and applied research projects will be considered, providing the study has an essential focus on suicide or suicide prevention. As a general policy, an individual can hold only one AFSP grant at a time. During the second year of funding (of the first year in the case of one-year grant) a current grant holder may apply for another AFSP grant which if approved, would start after the first grant period has ended and the final progress report and financial statement has been submitted. In reviewing the new application, consideration will be given to the applicant's progress on the current application. Applicants should carefully review the appropriate grant policy statement for additional guidelines and restrictions. Grant applications that do not conform to the stated policies will not be reviewed.

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