The Mental Health National Research Service Awards ensure a continuing supply of well trained and qualified personnel to conduct research on mental health programs. The NRSA provides grants for training to institutions and fellowships to individuals at both the pre-doctoral and post- doctoral levels. There are awards to medical students proposing to become basic clinical researches as well as special programs targeted towards minorities.

To qualify you must be a US National, citizen or permanent resident. You must also peruse or intend to pursue the field of health care and completed education on a doctoral level. You may also qualify if you are a current or prospective student accepted to or enrolled in an accredited degree program, college or university with a substantial enrollment of minorities. Awards are available in the areas of: basic biomedical, clinical neuroscience, behavioral research; the epidemiology of mental disorders; the etiology, description, diagnosis and pathogenesis of mental disorders; treatment development, assessment and evaluation; public health intervention and prevention approaches; and programs designed to increase the supply of minority mental health research scientist trained in the above areas. 

There are some things you should consider when applying, such as, what you intend to do and how it is relevant to mental health. You need to be sure that your area of expertise is a good match for the NRSA program. When applying for the program, there are several persons the applicant should contact. To begin with, you need to contact the program officer to discuss your research idea and for the information about the application process before preparing an application.

After submitting the application, all questions should be directed to the scientific review administrator. After the review process, questions about the reviews and scoring should be addressed with the program officer. If at any time during the process you have questions about the budget or administrative concerns after a grant is awarded, contact the grants management specialist. Additional help can be found at the office of extramural research home page. The following resources and contacted information can provide insights and guidelines for the application process: