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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 schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

Previous Pathways awardees

Open & Accepting Applications

The Alkermes Pathways Research Awards program is currently open and accepting applications. Detailed information for applicants is available on this page.

Pathways Application Portal

Portrait of Richard Craig Hopkinson VP

Great science is the foundation for everything we do at Alkermes, and our support for these innovative research projects is an extension of that commitment. As the Pathways program continues to evolve, we are proud of its impact to date in supporting the work of early-career researchers.

Craig Hopkinson,
Executive Vice President, Research & Development and Chief Medical Officer 

Areas of Interest

Schizophrenia & Bipolar I Disorder 
  • 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 will be formally reviewed by an Independent Review Committee comprising prominent researchers in the relevant field. The Review Committee has final responsibility for selection of Awardees.

When the Review Committee evaluates a proposal, they will consider criteria, including but not limited to overall impact, candidate, mentor, environment and institutional commitment to the applicant and research plan.

Note that applications are not required to include an Alkermes product. 

General Eligibility Criteria

The Alkermes Pathways Research Awards program is 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 schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

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 schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
  • Has not received a DP2 award or 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 holder of 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 via the Pathways Application Portal.

Pathways Application Portal

The following items should be included in the submission:

  • 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)

An applicant may submit up to 3 optional supporting documents. All attachments should be added to the application form.

Pathways Guidance   Pathways Application Supplement   Pathways Budget Form

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Additional Information

If you require clarification of any information, please submit an inquiry.

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Application Period

Application period opens: Sept. 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Application deadline: Nov. 30, 2023 (by 11:59 p.m. ET)

Decision Notification

Notification of Review Committee decision: Q2 2024


Public announcement of awardees: 2H 2024