The has announced $12.7 million in grants in support of young scientists working to understand and improve treatments for mental illness.
The organization awarded grants of up to $60,000 over two years to two hundred young investigators in support of groundbreaking research that seeks to identify the causes of and improve treatments and prevention strategies for a variety of psychiatric disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic stress disorders.
The awards were made as part of the foundation's NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) grants program, which provides support for basic research, new technologies, diagnostic tools, and next-generation therapies. Once a research project has been completed, the investigators usually go on to receive sustained grant support from other sources that can be as much as fifty times the original research grant amount.
"We are delighted to be able to support the work of these young scientists, who will apply powerful new technologies and insights to understanding, treating, and curing mental illness," said BBRF president and CEO Jeffrey Borenstein.