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SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $5.54 million for the Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention Grant totaling up to $5.54 million over the next three years.

The purpose of this program is to develop a comprehensive, collaborative, well-coordinated, and evidence-based approach to: (1) enhance services for all college students, including those at risk for suicide, depression, serious mental illness, and/or substance use disorders that can lead to school failure; (2) prevent mental and substance use disorders; (3) promote help-seeking behavior and reduce stigma; and (4) improve the identification and treatment of at-risk college students so they can successfully complete their studies.

SAMHSA expects to fund 18 grantees with up to $102,000 per year for up to three years.  The actual award amount may vary, depending on the availability of funds.


Eligibility is statutorily limited to institutions of higher education.  Public and private colleges and universities may apply, including state universities; private four-year colleges and universities, including those with religious affiliations; community colleges; and minority-serving institutions of higher learning, i.e., Tribal colleges and universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Hispanic institutions of higher education; or Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander institutions of higher education.

An institution of higher education receiving a grant under this FOA may carry out activities through:

  • College counseling centers;
  • College and university psychological services centers;
  • Mental  health centers;
  • Psychology training clinics; or
  • Institution of higher education supported and evidence-based mental health and substance use programs.

Current GLS Campus Suicide Prevention grantees who received funding under SM-15-008 or SM-17-003 are not eligible to apply.

HOW TO APPLY: All applicants must register with NIH’s eRA Commons in order to submit an application. This process takes up to six weeks. If you believe you are interested in applying for this opportunity, you MUST start the registration process immediately. Do not wait to start this process. If your organization is not registered and you do not have an active eRA Commons PI account by the deadline, the application will not be accepted. Applicants also must register with the System for Award Management and (see Appendix A for all registration requirements).

APPLICATION DUE DATE:  February 20, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time).  Applications must be received by the due date and time to be considered for review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Applicants with questions about program issues should contact Rosalyn Blogier at (240) 276-1842 or For questions on grants management issues, contact Gwendolyn Simpson at (240) 276-1408 or

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to lead public health and service delivery efforts that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, and provide treatments and supports to foster recovery while ensuring equitable access and better outcomes.

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