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One Mind is Offering Three 2021 Rising Star Awards totaling $900,000 to Accelerate Pivotal, Innovative Brain Science

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Given the growing challenges of addressing brain illness and injury, One Mind, in collaboration with Janssen Research & Development LLC, Donna Friedman, and Robina Riccitiello, is offering up to three Rising Star Research Awards in 2021. In collaboration with Inscopix, One Mind is also offering up to two supplemental technology grants, each in support of one Rising Star Research Award.

The goal of the Rising Star Research Awards is to recognize and fund promising, early career investigators through a competitive grants process to accelerate research on major neuropsychiatric disorders. Chosen by One Mind’s Scientific Advisory Board, each Rising Star Award recipient will receive up to $300,000 over a 3-year period to fund research for their studies.

Applicants of the award should have demonstrated productivity and innovation in a scientific field that can be applied to the study of neuropsychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, compulsive disorders, including OCD and eating disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress and other trauma-related disorders, schizophrenia, suicidality, and other serious psychiatric illnesses. More information may be found on the Rising Star Awards page of the website.

One Mind is partnering with Inscopix, Inc. to offer two technology supplement grants to which One Mind Rising Star Award applicants can also apply. Inscopix has graciously offered to provide awardees with technology to analyze the electrical dynamics of brain activity, to assist in their Rising Star Award-funded research.

The full application package should be emailed to on or before June 1, 2021. Those chosen for grants will be notified on or around July 16, 2021.

The winning awardees will be invited to attend One Mind’s 27th Music Festival for Brain Health activities on September 10 – 11, 2021 in Napa Valley and to give a presentation about their award-winning research plans at the Music Festival’s Scientific Symposium. Learn more at

Since 2005, One Mind has awarded 36 Rising Star Awards totaling more than $9 million. One such scientist is Dr. Greg Fonzo, a 2020 Rising Star Award winner from the University of Texas at Austin, whose research on a non-invasive neuroimaging treatment is featured in a recent documentary short released in April 2021.

For more information or to apply for the Rising Star Research Awards, please visit