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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Researchers for Studies on Suicide Prevention

Research Focus Grants


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Funding Source
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Array ( [0] => Guam (USA); [1] => Puerto Rico (USA); [2] => Virgin Islands (USA); [3] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
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)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
LOI Date: 08/01/22
Deadline: 12/07/22 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA, Canada, and International individuals affiliated with nonprofit institutions, organizations, and IHEs for research that will further suicide prevention strategies. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Applications will be accepted from investigators representing all academic disciplines. All studies must focus primarily on suicide or suicide prevention.

Focus grants are targeted, innovative and potentially high impact studies that seek to inform and even transform suicide prevention efforts.

  • Short-Term Risk: The Focus grant for short-term risk is open to innovative, potentially high-yield proposals that focus on short-term risk for suicide.
    • The goal is to examine identification and/or intervention strategies for short-term suicide risk that can be implemented in clinical settings.
    • The study must be based in the U.S.
  • Reaching 20% by 2025: AFSP has set a goal to reduce the nation’s suicide rate 20% by 2025. They believe that by targeting areas known to contribute to suicide burden they can reach this goal. This Focus Grant RFA seeks applications that address potential biological, psychological, social and/or environmental pathways and interventions that can significantly reduce the national suicide rate if ultimately implemented on a large scale.
    • The goal: 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.
    • The study must be based in the U.S.
  • Blue Sky: 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 scope of Innovation Grants.
    • The goal: Innovative projects in new areas of investigation with potentially high impact for the understanding and prevention of suicide. Open to all fields of inquiry.
    • Not limited to studies conducted in the U.S.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- AFSP research grants and fellowships are awarded to individuals affiliated with not-for-profit institutions or organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Grant applications are not accepted from for-profit organizations, or from federal or state government agencies. 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. Check with your institution’s financial department if you are not certain about the status of your institution. Grant payments are made to the grantee institution for the individual investigator.
- Individuals may be the Principal Investigator (PI), or Site PI, on only one AFSP grant at a time, and may not simultaneously be the PI on any other type of AFSP research grant. This does not preclude serving as a mentor on a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship or a Young Investigator Grant while being the Principal Investigator on another AFSP grant, or serving as a Co-I or consultant on another grant. A mentor may not serve on more than two current funded AFSP grants.
- During the final year of funding, an individual holding a research grant may apply for another AFSP grant in the same or another category which, if approved, would start after the end date of the first grant. The second grant cannot begin until the final progress report and financial statement for the current grant are received by AFSP and the Initiation papers for the second grant are approved.
- AFSP research grants and fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipient individual and institution will not accept funds from any other granting agency for research that substantially overlaps with what was approved by AFSP.
- Personnel compensated in whole or in part through an AFSP research grant are not considered employees of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, but of the grantee institution. AFSP does not assume any responsibility for the conduct of the research or other acts of the investigators. AFSP grantees are subject to the ethical and scientific policies of the grantee institution.

Pre-Application Information
- Letter of Intent Due: Aug. 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EDT
- Due Date: Dec. 7, 2022
- Review Dates: Spring 2023
- Funding Decisions: End of May 2023
- Earliest Start Date: October 2023

Matching funds or partnering with a large healthcare system is encouraged.

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Grant Application Review Process:

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $500,000 per year

Term of Contract
Grants may be funded for up to three years.
Earliest Start Date: October 2023

Contact Information
Letter of Intent should be emailed to:

Jill M. Harkavy-Friedman, PhD
Vice President of Research
Phone: 212-363-3500 ext. 2039

Questions concerning application requirements should be addressed to

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