Tommy Fuss Center | Tommy Fuss Center Research Grant Program

2021 call for grant applications

The Tommy Fuss Center for Neuropsychiatric Disease Research at Boston Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce a new round of funding for our Research Grant Program. Our Research Grant Program is designed to promote the mission of the center by providing support for young and independent investigators to conduct research projects in the area of pediatric neuropsychiatric disease.

The Tommy Fuss Center was created in 2016 to advance understanding of developmental pathways leading to major neuropsychiatric disorders. The primary goals of the center are to develop innovative strategies to identify children and adolescents at risk for anxiety, depressive, and psychotic disorders, along with transformative new therapies that can limit the progression or even prevent the emergence of these disorders.

The Research Grant Program is intended to facilitate innovative research opportunities and supports basic, translational, and/or clinical investigators. All research must be relevant to our understanding, treatment, and prevention of serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, mood and anxiety disorders, or ADHD with child or adolescent onset. Individual research projects can range from initial proof of concept and pilot data to more comprehensive hypothesis testing studies, with a goal of attracting longer-term funding from internal and/or external funding agencies. Innovative and collaborative studies utilizing new technology or leveraging recent advances in behavioral science, genetics, and/or neuroscience are encouraged. In addition to supporting the full ranges of relevant neurobiological and psychobiological basic research, we also support clinical science, which can include careful studies using qualitative research approaches or research generating preliminary data to explore a new hypothesis generated by clinical experience or large sample studies.

  • Young Investigator Award: Provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting pediatric neuropsychiatric research. These two-year awards are up to $50,000 ($25,000 per year inclusive of 15 percent overhead) to enable promising investigators to begin careers as independent research faculty.
  • Independent Investigator Award: Provides support for investigators at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor who have an established record of research. These two-year awards are up to $150,000 ($75,000 per year inclusive of 15 percent overhead) to enable scientists who are clearly independent and have won national competitive support as a principal investigator.

A one-page letter of intent is required, due September 10, 2021. Please email TommyFussCenterGrants@childrens.harvard.edu to submit a letter of intent or with questions.