Rising Star Awards

Identifying and funding critical and cutting edge brain disorders research

Given the challenges of understanding and finding therapies for psychiatric disorders, IMHRO’s Rising Star Awards aim to encourage the community of neuroscience researchers to direct their efforts toward basic and translational science while supporting the research of emerging leaders in the field.

In 2015, IMHRO in collaboration with its chapter AIM for Mental Health and with Janssen Research and Development offers up to 2 major awards for research related to psychiatric illness.

Chosen by IMHRO's Scientific Advisory Board, each Rising Star recipient will receive up to $250,000 to fund research for their studies.

About the Awards

IMHRO / Janssen Rising Star Translational Research Award

One grant will be awarded for research toward novel therapies for psychiatric illness with the objective to advance the translation of scientific knowledge of underlying disease mechanisms in bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and major depression toward benefits to patients and the healthcare system. Specifically, the program will support translational research on innovative targets, with the potential to advance discovery of therapeutic approaches in the near term. The emphasis will be on the approaches that provide a viable path toward renormalizing or compensating for novel biological alterations or those that have already been discovered. This award is not specifically focused to advance the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of psychiatric diseases.


IMHRO / AIM Rising Star Research Award

A second grant will be awarded for research in humans focused specifically on anxiety or depression in children and adolescents. Proposals may include research projects focused on innovative strategies and technologies for elaborating basic mechanisms or new approaches to individualized treatment and prevention.



Candidates should be leaders of an independent research program and have a track record in a scientific field that can be applied to the study of the underlying mechanisms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, or anxiety. Candidates should be no longer than 10 years from their initial independent appointment. The proposal should not overlap with existing funding.

The Application period is now closed. Finalists will be notified by June 22, 2015 with final proposals due by July 26, 2015. Those chosen for grants will be notified around August 14, 2015.

For more information on the Rising Star Research Awards, please contact us.

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