American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Focus Grants


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)


All AFSP research grants are designed to support research on suicide from a variety of disciplines including psychiatry, medicine, psychology, genetics, epidemiology, neurobiology, sociology, nursing, social work, health services administration and many others. Grants are not intended to support the development or implementation of prevention programs, educational programs, treatments, or other interventions that do not have a significant research component.

Additionally, Focus Grants are designed to advance innovative, high-risk, potentially high-yield projects that focus on a specific area of suicide prevention. These areas have been determined by AFSP and its Scientific Council, and are reviewed and updated annually.


 AFSP research grants and fellowships are awarded to individuals affiliated with not-for-profit institutions or organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Applications from both private and public colleges and universities are eligible so long as the institution is not-for-profit. 

Funding Availability

Focus Grants of up to $500,000 per year for a three-year period are awarded to experienced investigators. Although prior research on suicide is not required, applicants are expected to show evidence of prior research or research training in a related field. It is strongly recommended that a suicide researcher is a member of the research team. These grants are intended to fund new directions and initiatives in suicide research rather than to supplement the applicant's existing research and junior investigators.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Focus Grants are generally made for a period of three years, with continuing funding contingent upon the prior year's performance. The project must begin within six months of the approved start date.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent to be eligible to apply. 

Letters of Intent should be emailed to:

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

The Letter of Intent must be received by the posted date, must be no longer than two pages.

Internal Deadline

IF INVITED: send a copy of the application along with a completed OR5 form to :

External Deadline

IF INVITED: Applications must be submitted by the PI via our online grant application/management system, accessible via our website:

More information can be found on the AFSP'S website.

For Questions, please contact

Questions concerning application requirements should be addressed to

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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