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Research Grants

To ignore the biological basis of violence is to squander the opportunity to prevent it 

The Avielle Foundation (TAF) is committed to supporting traditional neuroscience and clinical research that focuses on the interplay between brain health, violence, and compassion. We use the term ‘brain health’ to promote an understanding of the brain as the organ that controls our memories, feelings, and behaviors; If a behavior is abnormal, it is the consequence of organic and tangible abnormalities in biochemistry and structure. By supporting research designed to bridge the biochemical and behavioral sciences, TAF is working to make the invisible world, traditionally labeled as mental, a visible and tangible world of brain health.

The purpose of this request for proposals (RFP) is to encourage and support research aimed at better understanding the etiologies, precursors, risk and protective factors, prevention strategies, and consequences of violence to self or others. Behavioral and/or biomedical researchers working in basic sciences and/or a clinical setting are eligible for funding based on the detailed eligibility criteria below. This RFP is driven by the critically unmet need to understand the underlying causes of violence and the ways in which we can decrease the disease of violence – to prevent, intervene, and cure it. We seek to understand the underlying risk factors and neural pathways involved in violent behaviors and, conversely, the protective factors and neural mechanisms that lead away from violent behaviors and toward compassion, connection, kindness, and resilience. Funded studies will explore these mechanisms with the intent that the information gained will facilitate evidence-based action, to prevent violence and improve the health of communities at large.

TAF Research and Public Health Program Grant applications are accepted by invitation only. If you would like to be considered for the grant application review and award process please send a letter of inquiry (LOI) to [email protected] with “LOI-Research Grant” or “LOI-Public Health Grant” in the subject line. Click here for a guide of what we’d like to see in a letter of inquiry. Please limit the entire LOI length to no more than 3 pages.

Total Awards
• Funds will be provided up to a total of $100,000 ($50,000/year for 2 years, including F&A costs)
• The F&A rate is limited to 8%

Key Dates
• Deadline for letters of inquiry (LOI) …………………………………….. November 1st, 2018 (5 p.m ET)
• Deadline for complete application ……………………………………… December 31st, 2018 (5 p.m ET)
• Notification of awardees …………………………………………………….. January 31st, 2019
• Grants start ………………………………………………………………………… February 15th, 2019

Eligibility Criteria
We encourage diverse, innovative, and creative proposals that incorporate biochemical and behavioral concepts and theories. The review committee will weigh the potential for impact of the research to further our understanding of brain heath, violence and/or compassion, the qualifications of the principal investigator and research team, as well as its translatability to the everyday citizen (i.e. the underlying hypotheses must be clear and understandable at the eighth-grade level). Examples include novel research projects, the development of pilot data, bringing a novel perspective to current or existing research, or a clinical study. Successful applicants who use this funding to compliment other funding sources must identify the unique outcome resulting from this funding. Researchers are eligible to submit proposals through their affiliated professional organizations, businesses, or institutions. Applications must be filed using the attached application form, and following the instructions provided on the application.