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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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One in five people live in the United States live with a mental illness. Around 450 million globally people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental illness among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF) is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. BBRF funds the most innovative ideas in neuroscience and psychiatry to better understand the causes and develop new ways to effectively treat brain and behavior disorders. These illnesses include addiction, ADHD, anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, as well as research in suicide prevention.

Our programs

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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
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Academics

Expenses in giving grants for research.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Organization Change Maker Award 2018

Child Mind Institute

Affiliations & memberships

The Mental Health Coalition 2020

Our results

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Total number of grants awarded

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Scientific Research Grants

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Scientific Research Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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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 $430 million to fund more than 6,200 grants to more than 5,100 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.

The BBRF Scientific Council guides the Foundation to fund creative and impactful research relevant to the whole spectrum of mental illness.

Led by Dr. Herbert Pardes, the founding President of our Scientific Council, the all-volunteer group of 183 pre-eminent mental health researchers rigorously evaluates every grant application, identifying the most promising, high-quality science. Research proposals are submitted from around the world. The BBRF Scientific Council reviews hundreds of grant applications submitted from around the world and selects the most promising research ideas with the greatest potential to lead to breakthroughs.

Since 1987, we have awarded more than $430 million to fund more than 6,200 grants to more than 5,100 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 10/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Geoffrey Simon

Geoffrey Simon

Miriam Katowitz

John Osterhaus

Donald Boardman

Carol Atkinson

J. Anthony Boeckh

Susan Lasker Brody, MPH

Judy Genshaft, PhD

John Harrison

John Hollister

Carole Mallement

Milton Maltz

Jeffrey Peterson

Marc Rappaport

Mary Rubin

Virginia Silver

Ken Sonnenfeld, PhD, JD

Barbara Streicker

Barbara Toll

Robert Weissman

Organizational demographics

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