Mental Health


About 1 in 4 Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental health illness. Mental health research has arguably more important applications to people's daily lives than any other field. This challenge grant will support the study of prevention, literacy, treatment, care, and other important topics related to mental health.

The Projects

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Cause and treatment of schizophrenia: ultimate goals of linking the disorder with the immune system

Despite decades of research on schizophrenia, there is today no concensus about its cause, its optimal treatment...

PLAY ON! How can a sport program better the lives of young people with mental illness?

We know that: (i) sport can be a powerful context in which to teach essential life skills; (ii) physical...

Predicting and improving persistence during exposure-based therapy for OCD

The efficacy of exposure-based therapies for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is among the most well...

Does bias about medical diagnosis link to expectations of mental health problems for infants and their parents?

If doctors think infants will have lower skill (e.g., less able to look and to smile at parents), does that...

More About This Challenge

The sciency details

Challenge Amount:
Submission Deadline:
Dec 20, 2016
Campaign Launch:
Jan 10, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

How do challenge grants work?

This grant is for projects that launch crowdfunding campaigns by Jan 10, 2017. The project that ends with the most backers will receive an additional $500 grant. Eligible projects must be approved before the launch deadline.

When will the grant be awarded?

On January 31st at 5PM PT, the prizes will be awarded according to the posted schedule.

Can I still submit a project?

We are no longer accepting projects for this grant, however we will be launching many more challenge grant opportunities. Sign up for our mailing list for up-to-date community news.

Please Note:

If we see suspicious acitivity of researchers or backers potentially cheating during the challenge, the project will be completely disqualified from winning the grant.

Challenge Aims

Mental health research doesn’t just look at treatments for illnesses like bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. It involves all aspects of our social, emotional, and psychological well-being. From educating adolescents on mental health literacy, to treatments for war veterans, to providing emotionally supportive environments for the elderly, mental health research looks at broad range of topics.

It’s a field in which research can have huge impacts on people’s lives. Through this challenge the we will be funding this type of impactful research.

What does positive psychology teach us about resilience and grit? Why does religion often positively impact someone’s mental health? Can mental health treatments reduce homelessness? These are just a few of the broad range of important questions we can explore.

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