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, public health, 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 our research grants is to encourage neuroscience, public health, or clinical research institutional/organizational applicants to conduct behavioral and/or biomedical research aimed at better understanding the etiologies, precursors, risk factors, protective factors, prevention strategies, and consequences of violence to self or others. This granting effort is driven by the critically unmet need to understand the underlying causes of violence and enable us to treat it as the disease that it is, and to ultimately prevent, intervene, and cure it. First, we must 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 and strategies with the intent that the information gained will lead to action, based on science, to prevent violence and to improve the health of communities at large through brain health education and community engagement.
Research grants can be awarded to teams or individuals working in all aspects of brain health research including but not limited to neuroscience, clinical science, biochemistry, psychology, genetics, public health, engineering, and more. Grant funding opportunities are currently available. Click HERE to download an application – if you have any questions or concerns reach out to [email protected].