American Foundation for Suicide Prevention postdoctoral research fellowship innovation grants

All American Foundation for Suicide Prevention research grants are designed to support research on suicide from a variety of disciplines including psychiatry, medicine, psychology, genetics, epidemiology, neurobiology, sociology, nursing, health services administration, social work, and many others. Grants are not intended to support the development or implementation of organization-specific prevention programs, educational programs, treatments, or other interventions unless they have a significant research component. In that case a study would be welcome, but it must have generalizability beyond the specific institution or program.

Although prior research on suicide is not required, applicants are expected to show evidence of prior research or research training in a related field. These grants are intended to fund new directions and initiatives in suicide research rather than to support the applicant’s existing research. Supplemental grants to larger grant are encouraged if they add a unique study area that can utilize the structure of any existing grant. For example, adding a group with suicidal ideation/behavior, or adding a longitudinal assessment to a funded study.


Application link: Research grant information | AFSP



  • AFSP research grants and fellowships are awarded to individuals affiliated with not-for-profit research 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 and NIH/NIMH are eligible. Applications from both private and public colleges and universities are eligible as 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’s 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 an AFSP 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 and approved 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. Supplemental funding from AFSP grants can use the infrastructure of an already funded grant, but AFSP data must be separable from the larger grant.


  • 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.

Up to $140,000 over 2 years

(Salary of $56,000 per year. Allowance of $14,000 per year.)

Grants awarded to investigators who have received a Ph.D., M.D., or other doctoral degree within the preceding six years and have had no more than three years of fellowship support. Fellows receive a stipend of $56,000 per year and an institutional allowance of $14,000 per year.

For additional Foundation opportunities, please visit: Grant Funding Opportunities – Fellowships – Research and Innovation (