Depression Center Research Awards

Supporting innovation and discovery in the prevention and treatment of depression

Funding awarded through the Depression Center helps support research that critically advances the understanding of the origins and development of depressive illness. These studies help drive the translation of discoveries into clinical applications and best practices to improve the care of those struggling with depression and other related illnesses. Through generous donor support, the Depression Center proudly fosters the work of promising early-career investigators through various scholar award programs. Through the Executive Director’s Innovation Fund, the Depression Center also supports work that strives to achieve innovations in research, treatment, education and public policy. In supporting a new generation of investigators and promising pursuits of innovations, we strive to reach breakthroughs in research and treatment that can improve the quality of life for those living with depression or even help prevent the disease from surfacing in the first place.



Strategic Translational Research Award

Established in 2015, STAR awards are available to Depression Center members who are students, residents, fellows, or post-doctoral candidates, and is designed for exploring or testing research ideas.

Frances & Kenneth Eisenberg Research Awards

These Awards aim to expand the number of innovative research projects focused on understanding causes of depression and develop personalized, precise treatments that target each individual's unique profile.

Michigan Mental Health Integration Partnership (MIP) Scholars Award

The purpose of this program is to support U-M faculty who are interested in implementing and evaluating mental health services or clinical interventions that promote integrated care and seek to improve access to evidence-based practices for lower income and Medicaid eligible populations with behavioral health care needs in the state of Michigan.

Todd Ouida Clinical Scholars Award

Established in 2002, the Todd Ouida Clinical Scholar Awards are designed to further the work of outstanding young researchers working in childhood anxiety and depression.

Rachel Upjohn Clinical Scholars

The goal of this award, established in 1998, is to train a new generation of clinical investigators focusing their research on depression, bipolar disorder, and related illnesses.

Jack L. Berman, M.D. and Barbara A. Berman, Ph.D. Depression Research Fund

The Berman Research Fund supports junior investigators seeking pilot or seed funding for innovative research projects in the area of depressive illness.

Executive Director's Innovation Fund

The most innovative ideas are those least likely to be funded by grant-making agencies. This fund helps implement creative, new, and bold ideas that help us achieve our mission of conquering depression and bipolar disorder.

Oscar Stern Award for Depression Research

In 2011, the University of Michigan received a generous gift from Helmut F. Stern of Ann Arbor to endow a research award at the Depression Center.

Phil Jenkins Award for Innovation in Depression Treatment

These awards are intended to stimulate creative ideas about ways to improve treatment or self-management of depression.