Mental Health Research Mentored Early Career Development Program

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence awarded two promising investigators Mental Health Research Mentored Early Career Development grants in September 2016. Learn more about their projects here

The goal of the program is to train junior faculty (at the Assistant Professor level) as investigators in patient-oriented mental health research. The program aims to accelerate the career development of promising junior faculty, promoting their development as independent clinical research investigators.

Scholars will conduct a rigorous clinical/patient-oriented research investigation relevant to their research interests for a period of nine and a half months to up to two years.  Senior investigators from diverse backgrounds with a demonstrated track record of success developing the careers of junior colleagues will act as mentors.

Pilot Grant Award Recipients Xiong, Yellowlees, Niendam, Solomon, Waldau, and Jerant

Pilot Grant Award Recipients: Glen Xiong, Tara Niendam, Peter Yellowlees, Marjorie Solomon, Ben Waldau and Anthony Jerant

Pilot Award Program 2015-2017

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is pleased to announce the 18 Award recipients. After careful review by an External Scientific Review Committee from leaders across the country, the Center selected 30% of the applications received. The decisions were difficult due to the large number of high quality and innovative applications. 

The UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research conducted an environmental scan of mental health services in Northern California in December 2014. This scan helped provide a framework for the 2015 Research Pilot Award program applicants.

Funding was provided for four categories of research; Clinical Translational, Basic Translational, Big Data, and Services, Policy Workforce Development & Dissemination. The Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) assisted with pre-award management and the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) will provide an evaluations and outcome unit as a resource for all awards in the Services & Policy category. Each Pilot Award consists of up to $200,000 for a 2 year period ($100,000 per year) per Pilot Award. All funds are managed at the department level and must be fully spent by March 2017.

The major goal of the BHCOE Pilot Grant Program is to propel UC Davis faculty and researchers to positions of strength in competing for extramural funding and to strengthen collaborations with our community, regional and statewide partners. 

BRAIN-STIM: the UC Davis Grand Challenge Initiative in Brain Science

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) proudly partnered with the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research for BRAIN-STIM: the UC Davis Grand Challenge Initiative in Brain Science in response to the Obama administration's BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies). This program was announced in 2013 with the goal of mapping the activity of every neuron in the human brain in order to better understand the human mind. 

A major goal of BRAIN-STIM is to propel UC Davis faculty and researchers to positions of strength in competing for extramural funding associated with the Obama Brain Initiative. Five federal agencies (NIH, NSF, DARPA, IARPA, and the FDA), along with several private foundations, and a state-wide program (Cal-BRAIN), have committed significant funds in support of the BRAIN Initiative. 

The BRAIN-STIM: Grand Challenge Initiative in Brain Science was created to identify and support innovative interdisciplinary projects with the potential for high-impact discoveries in brain science. Five teams have been awarded up to $200,000 each over a two-year period. 

For the UC Davis Office of Research and more information about the BRAIN-STIM initiative please visit their website