Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD)

aka Brain & Behavior Research Foundation   |   New York, NY   |  https://www.bbrfoundation.org

Mission

The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.

Notes from the nonprofit

100% of every dollar donated for research is invested in our research grants. Our operating expenses are covered by separate foundation grants.

Ruling year info

1981

President & CEO

Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein M.D.

Main address

747 Third Avenue 33rd Floor

New York, NY 10017 USA

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Formerly known as

National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression

NARSAD

EIN

31-1020010

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. Treatments are available, but nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional. Stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorders, says the World Health Organization (WHO). Where there is neglect, there is little or no understanding. Where there is no understanding, there is neglect.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Scientific Research Grants

BBRF Grants are one of the highest distinctions in the field of mental health research. Many investigators go on to receive larger federal and private grants based on their BBRF Grant projects. No other organization outside of the federal government has funded the number of mental health research grants that the Foundation has—or been responsible for more breakthroughs in the field.

Population(s) Served

Expenses in giving grants for research.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Organization Change Maker Award 2018

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Affiliations & memberships

Child Mind Institute - Change Maker Award - Outstanding Organization 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Scientific Research Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Scientific Research Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. Since 1987, we have awarded more than $408 million to fund more than 5,900 grants to more than 4,800 scientists around the world. The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is the nation's top non-governmental funder of mental health research grants. We believe that better treatments and advancements come from scientific discovery.

The Foundation funds the most innovative ideas in neuroscience and psychiatry to better understand the causes and develop new ways to treat brain and behavior disorders. 100% of every dollar donated for research is invested in our research grants. Our operating expenses are covered by separate foundation grants. We only fund scientists whose research is reviewed and recommended by our all-volunteer, world-renowned Scientific Council representing every major discipline in brain and behavior research.

Each year, the Scientific Council volunteers their time to review more than 1,000 grant applications, recommends the best ideas from scientists around the world, and mentors NARSAD Young Investigator Grantees.

Led by founding and current President Dr. Herbert Pardes, the Scientific Council reviews and selects the most promising research ideas with the greatest potential to lead to breakthroughs. The Council is composed of 181 active world-renowned scientists and 11 Emeritus members including 1 Nobel Prize winner, 3 Directors of The National Institute of Mental Health, 4 recipients of the National Medal of Science, 11 Members of the National Academy of Sciences, 16 National Institute of Health Chiefs & Directors, 41 Department & Program Chairs, and 54 members of the National Academy of Medicine.

For more than 30 years, the Scientific Council has reviewed more than 25,000 grant applications. This represents more than $19 million estimated in volunteer contribution of service.

Since 1987, we have awarded more than $408 million to fund more than 5,900 grants to more than 4,900 scientists around the world.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD)

Board of directors
as of 5/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Stephen Lieber

Stephen Lieber

Donald Boardman