By Stephanie Abraham

U-M Depression Center Accepting Applications for Five Research Awards Totaling up to $235,000

The award applications which are open to students, junior investigators and senior investigators, are due on May 15

The University of Michigan Depression Center is now accepting applications for five research awards, totaling up to $235,000 dollars. The Center seeks applications from students, residents, fellows, post-doctoral candidates, junior investigators, assistant professors, and senior investigators for a variety of awards. Anyone within the U-M community may apply for these awards.

The five awards now open for applications include:

  • The Strategic Translational Research Award (STAR): $10,000 STAR awards are available to Depression Center members who are students, residents, fellows, or post-doctoral candidates, and are designed for exploring or testing research ideas.
  • The Jack L. Berman, M.D. and Barbara A. Berman, Ph.D. Depression Research Fund Award: The $25,000 Berman Research Fund award supports junior investigators seeking pilot or seed funding for innovative research projects in the area of depressive illness.
  • The Oscar Stern Award for Depression Research: Created to honor Oscar Stern's bravery, generosity and compassion, this $50,000 award is intended to promote high impact, innovative ideas leading to strategic interventions to prevent or manage mood disorders.
  • The Frances & Kenneth Eisenberg Scholar: This $50,000 award is intended for an early career researcher from the University of Michigan at the level of assistant professor or below who demonstrates strong potential to advance understanding of mechanisms and treatments in depressions, bipolar and related mood disorders.
  • The Frances & Kenneth Eisenberg Translational Research Award: The purpose of this $100,000 award is to support the early launch stages of transformational research projects designed to develop personalized, precise treatments. The goal is to generate preliminary knowledge gains to transform diagnostic and treatment processes for depressions and/or bipolar illnesses.

"We are excited to receive submissions from the next generation of mental health researchers, as well as researchers who are established in their careers," said John F. Greden, M.D., executive director of the U-M Depression Center. "The Depression Center was created over 16 years ago with the mission of detecting depression and bipolar disorders earlier, treating them more effectively, preventing recurrences and progression, counteracting stigma, and improving public policy. It is our hope that the results from these research awards will help us in achieving our goals."

All applications are due on Tuesday, May 15. For more details about the awards and for information about how to apply, please visit:


Established in 2001, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center (UMDC) is the first of its kind devoted entirely to bringing depression into the mainstream of medical research, translational care, education, and public policy. It is comprised of nearly 350 members from 17 colleges, centers, and institutes across the University of Michigan. The Center is at the forefront in changing the paradigm of how depression and bipolar illnesses are understood and treated. Learn more: