Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) (R01)

Notice Number: NOT-MH-09-016

Key Dates
Release Date: September 1, 2009

Issued by
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), (


The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) intends to issue a Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit applications for the Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) (R01). This award is intended to support the research and research career development of promising Early Stage Investigators (as defined by NIH in NOT-OD-09-013) 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. For FY 2010, the BRAINS program will focus on the research priorities and gap areas identified in the NIMH Strategic Plan (

This notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. The RFA is expected to be published in September 2009 with an expected receipt date in November, 2009.

This RFA will utilize the R01 grant mechanism. Given the emphasis on early stage investigators, multi-PI applications will not be allowed.



Interested parties may contact:

Kathleen C. Anderson, Ph.D.
Division of Developmental Translational Research
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Blvd, Room 6189 MSC 9617
Bethesda, MD 20892-9617
Telephone: (301) 443-5944
FAX: (301) 480-4415

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