Bringing In The Research Dollars! (BiRD)

NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (NIMH BRAINS) (R01)-upcoming

Deadline: June 20, 2019

Amount: An applicant may request a budget for direct costs up to $1.625 million dollars over five years with no more than $400,000 in direct costs for any single year.


The NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) award is intended to support the research and research career advancement of outstanding, exceptionally productive scientists who are in the early, formative stages of their careers and who plan to make a long term career commitment to research in specific mission areas of the NIMH. This award seeks to assist these individuals in launching an innovative clinical, translational, basic or services research program that holds the potential to profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of mental disorders.


  • Clinical trial option
  • NIMH intends to commit $3,000,000 per year in 2019, and 2020 to fund 7-10 awards.
  • The NIMH BRAINS program will focus on the research priorities and gap areas identified in the NIMH Strategic Plan and the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project.
  • In order to identify outstanding basic, translational and clinical investigators at the formative stages of their careers and assist them in launching innovative research programs with the potential to transform our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of mental illness and develop innovative treatments and prevention strategies, the NIMH has established this program of R01 research grants intended for Early Stage Investigators (ESI) according to NIH policy (NOT-OD-09-013).
  • Applicants must have a research career and a long-term commitment to a career in research on the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses consistent with the core mission areas of the NIMH.
  • Applications submitted under this FOA are required to address one of the objectives of the NIMH strategic plan.
  • Project Effort for mentored K-awardees: Mentored K awardees are encouraged to seek R01 or equivalent funding to support their research programs. Therefore, NIMH expects that such awardees may be particularly interested in seeking support through the BRAINS R01 program.

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