The mission of the Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions (GIBHS) at UW Medicine is to improve the health for the millions of people at risk for and affected by mental health, substance use, and other brain health disorders. Initial areas of focus include cognitive aging, addictions and the effects of physical and/or emotional trauma on the brain.


Brain disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction, autism and Alzheimer’s disease affect nearly half the world’s population, robbing millions of individuals and their families of the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives.

Our Approach

  • We bring a dynamic community of clinicians, researchers, patients, families, communities and employers together to accelerate research and rapidly translate discoveries about brain health into prevention and treatment strategies for individuals with common brain disorders.
  • We work to better detect brain health problems early on by capitalizing on advances in neurosciences, genetics, computer science, engineering, brain imaging, psychiatry, psychology, neurology and rehabilitation medicine.
  • We engage patients and families in prevention and treatment programs that can substantially improve people’s lives.

University of Washington
Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
1959 NE Pacific Street
Box 356560, Room BB1656
Seattle, WA 98195-6560

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The Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions Innovation Grants aim to provide funding for innovative, new ideas that have the potential to make a substantial impact on brain health through research, education, patient care and/or advocacy. The idea must help advance the Institute’s goals to improve brain health at a population level, and we will prioritize ideas that can be rapidly translated into clinical care and/or improvement.

GIBHS Innovation Grants are one-year awards intended to generate initial results that can help generate additional funding and/or resources. Awards will be given up to $100,000, though we will consider larger amounts in exceptional circumstances.

Initial areas of focus for the Institute include 1) cognitive aging; 2) addictions; and 3) the effects of physical and/or emotional trauma on the brain. However, we will also consider other topic areas related to improving brain health at a population level.

Letter of Intent (LOI)
Request for Proposal (RFP)
Mid-year Progress Report
End of Year Progress Report (coming soon)

June 30, 2020: LOIs due
July 31, 2020: Applicants informed if they are being asked to submit a full proposal
Sept 1, 2020: Full proposals due
Oct 30, 2020: Applicants informed of funding decision
Jan 1, 2021: Funding begins

Our three workgroups serve a crucial role in reviewing and advising on Innovation Grant proposals.

Trauma Workgroup
Michele Bedard-Gilligan, PhD
Lucy Berliner, MSW
Jesse Fann, MD, MPH
John Fortney, PhD
Jeanne Hoffman, PhD
Kristen Lindgren, PhD

Addictions Workgroup
Susan Ferguson, PhD
Mary Larimer, PhD
Joe Merrill, MD
Richard Ries, MD
Andrew Saxon, MD

Brain Health/Cognitive Aging Workgroup
Patricia Areán, PhD
Barak Gaster, MD, FACP
Tom Grabowski, MD
Jeff Iliff, PhD
Michael V. Vitiello, PhD
Sherry Willis, PhD