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Alkermes Pathways Research Awards®

About Pathways

With millions of people impacted by neurological disorders, more research is urgently needed to advance science in this area. The Alkermes Pathways Research Awards® program is designed to support the next generation of researchers who are working on the front lines to advance our understanding of diseases in the field of neuroscience.

The Alkermes Pathways Research Awards® program provides opportunities for individual grants of up to $100,000 per research project for early-career investigators focused on research relating to substance use disorders (SUDs), schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Previous Pathways awardees

Areas of Interest

  • Preclinical, clinical, translational and epidemiological research
  • Research on treatment and patient- centered outcomes
  • Clinical and health economic outcomes using real-world data
  • Outcomes research supporting continuity of care utilizing telehealth or other technology-based approaches

Selection Criteria

  • All applications are reviewed by an independent Review Committee comprising prominent researchers in the relevant field
  • The Review Committee has final responsibility for selection of awardees
  • The Review Committee will consider criteria including, but not limited to, overall impact, candidate, mentor, institutional commitment to the applicant and research plan
  • Applications are not required to include use of an Alkermes product

General Eligibility Criteria

The Alkermes Pathways Research Awards® are for investigators who are in the early stages of their career. Research grants will be awarded to applicants who focus on and have demonstrated a commitment to SUD, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder research.

Please check back in the summer of 2021 for information on the 4th annual Pathways Research Awards Program. 

To be eligible, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Has an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent
  • Is affiliated with a medical or research center within the United States at the time of application
  • Is within 5 years of initial academic appointment (e.g., assistant professor) or is a current postdoctoral fellow
  • Has a research mentor with extensive experience in the field of SUD, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
  • Has not received an NIH R01 grant at the time of award, but may be the recipient of a career development (K) award or other mentored research grant
  • Is willing and able to accept funding from a for-profit, biopharmaceutical company
  • Is able to complete the proposed research within 2 years
  • Is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or holds a temporary non-immigrant visa that is valid for the duration of the 2-year grant period

Application Process & Documents

All applications should be submitted by email to applications@PathwaysResearchAwards.com.

The following items should be included in the submission email:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Completed Budget Form
  • NIH Biosketch of applicant
  • Letter (1 page) of mentor support
  • Letter (1 page) from Division Chief or Department Head confirming academic
    appointment (or postdoctoral fellowship)
  • Up to 3 optional supporting documents

A guidance document as well as application and budget forms will be available for download in summer 2021.

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Additional Information

Please check back in the summer of 2021 for information on the 4th annual Pathways Research Awards Program®.

If you have any questions, please contact the Pathway Research Awards Program Manager.

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