Focus Grant 2014

2014 Focus Grant:  Short-Term Risk for Suicide

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is proud to offer the 2014 Focus Grant, open to innovative, potentially high-yield proposals that focus on short-term risk for suicide.


To develop identification and/or intervention strategies for short-term suicide risk that can be implemented in clinical settings.


Up to $500,000 per year for up to three years.


  • The outcome measures for baseline and follow-up must include suicidal behavior.
  • The assessments should include multi-modal, clinically relevant measures.
  • The study must be based in the U.S.
  • Evidence for the feasibility of data collection must be provided.

We encourage collaborative projects with investigators experienced in suicide research. Matching funds or partnering with a large healthcare system is encouraged.


Due September 22nd, 2014: Letter of Intent

All new applicants must submit a Letter of Intent that includes:

  • Descriptive title of proposal.
  • Name, title, institutional affiliation, and address and telephone number of the PI(s).
  • Names, titles, and institutional affiliations of other key personnel.
  • List of participating institutions.
  • A brief 2-page project description that includes:
      • Objectives
      • Sample
      • Outcome measures
      • Procedures (including approach to data analysis)

Revisions of invited and submitted applications from the 2013 cycle do not need to resubmit a Letter of Intent, however please inform AFSP if you plan to resubmit. The application format will be similar to the Standard Investigator Grant available at

Letter of Intent/Notice of Application should be sent to:

Jill M. Harkavy-Friedman, PhD
Vice President of Research
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
120 Wall Street, 29th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Phone: 212-363-3500 ext. 2039

Due JANUARY 5th, 2015: Full application for all invited applicants.