Call for Application: Biological Psychiatry Research Excellence Award

Two awards, valued at up to R200,000 each, will be granted to talented, mid-career and established researchers in psychiatry, neuroscience, and related disciplines.

Eligible Applicants
• Psychiatrists, neuroscientists, clinical psychologists, medical doctors, other health professionals or researchers working in the field of psychiatry/neuroscience.
• Ability to conduct a highly innovative project in any area relevant to biological psychiatry (e.g., psychopharmacology, translational neuroscience) within an 18-month period.
• The proposed research project team must include members from at least 2 South African universities (in addition to any international collaborators)
• University employed or affiliated for the full duration of the project.
• Based in South Africa or affiliated to a South African University where the funds will be managed.
• Not a recipient of a Biological Psychiatry award in the previous 5 years.

Application Requirements
• Research proposal of 10 pages.
• Detailed budget.
• Up-to-date curriculum vitae
• Half-page personal statement outlining your most significant career accomplishments.
• Statement explaining how this research award would particularly benefit you at this stage of your career.

Successful awardees must be willing to: (i) publish their work in a peer-review reviewed journal within 2 years of receipt of the award; (ii) furnish brief interim and end-of-study progress reports on their project; (iii) join up as members of the Biological Psychiatry Special Interest Group (membership is free); and (iv) be co-mentored by a member of the Biological Psychiatry Executive Committee.

Application Deadline
• 31 October 2023

Submit applications via email to Cassandra Carels: