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.

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Understanding the mental health of students of color in the U.S. during heightened public xenophobia and bigotry

Our nation is experiencing a rise in public xenophobia and hate crimes, with people of color and immigrants...

How do evictions impact mental health?

Millions of people in the U.S. are evicted from their homes each year and this causes major shifts in people...

Social decisions in Borderline Personality Disorder: calculating who to trust, and when to change your mind.

Knowing who to trust really matters. Otherwise, you risk being gullible, paranoid, unfriendly, or lonely. For...

The Experiences of a National Sample of Certified Peer Specialists in Mental Health

The use of peer support workers is an empowering mental health intervention deemed an evidence based practice...

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-established...

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness through Art

About half of Americans will meet criteria for a mental disorder at some time in their lives. This underscores...

Engaging Male Survival Sex Workers in Integrated Care Services

Male survival sex workers are a marginalized population with high rates of mental and physical illness. These...

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...

Can babies have mental health issues?

When babies have difficulties with crying, sleeping and eating they may go on to have later behavioral and emotional...

Odorants and presence in warfighters: Do the scents of war matter?

Exposure therapy (EXP) is an intervention based upon behavioral extinction. Many technologies have been used...

Strategies to Increase Implementation of Effective Practices in Child Welfare

To promote child safety, permanency (stable placements) and well-being, child welfare agency directors and providers...

Can web-based mapping tools help those with serious mental illness living in the community?

Those suffering with serious mental illness often live in places with health inequities, barriers to care, and...

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...

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 activity...

Critical Design Features in Mental and Behavioral Health Facilities

Mental health facilities rarely support the needs of patients and staff. In response to this problem, our research...

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More About This Challenge

The sciency details

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

Frequently Asked Queries

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 6PM ET, the project with the most backers will be awarded directly to their project. The two runner-ups will also be awarded.

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.

Project Eligilibity

This grant is for projects that launch campaigns by Dec 20, 2016. The project that ends with the most backers will receive an additional $500 grant. Eligible projects must be approved before the launch deadline.

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