Jerry M. Lewis, M.D. Mental Health Research Foundation Grant

Jerry M. Lewis, M.D. Mental Health Research Foundation

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $35,000

Next deadline: Nov 6, 2018 1:00pm PST

Later deadlines: Mar 5, 2019 2:00pm PST, Jul 10, 2019 1:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity College / University

Funding uses: Research, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Texas: Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County, Ellis County, Hunt County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Texas: Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County, Ellis County, Hunt County Expand all

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Jerry M. Lewis, M.D. Mental Health Research Foundation (Formerly Timberlawn Psychiatric Research Foundation)

This research foundation was organized in 1958 as a separate, non-profit entity by senior medical staff of Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital and several of their close friends in the Dallas business community. For about a decade it was a dispensing foundation, providing small grants to support various research projects and training programs. In 1967 it was converted into an organization that conducted its own research and for the next 30 years produced a series of longitudinal projects in two general areas. The first area involved program evaluations of adolescent inpatient psychiatric treatment, substance abuse treatment, halfway house programs, parenting programs, and a variety of other social service programs. The second primary area of research involved studies of healthy or well-functioning couples and families.

Areas of Grant Support Available

Couple, parent-child, and family system relationships are of special interest. Other relationships such as doctor-patient, teacher-student, or child care provider-child are of interest to the degree that they illuminate basic relationship characteristics and psychological development.

A complementary research interest involves scientific evaluation of relationship-centered service and educational interventions and programs.

The Foundation's educational activities are directed at health care professionals, educators, service program professionals, and the public.

Lewis Foundation will consider grant applications from educational institutions and social service agencies to support programs or projects in the following areas:

  • Research Projects That Focus On:
    • Crucial aspects of interpersonal relationships.
    • Connections between interpersonal relationship characteristics and psychological and physical health or dysfunction.
    • Evaluations of relevant service or educational programs.
  • Educational Or Service Programs That Focus On:
    • Couple, parent-child, or family system psychological health or dysfunction.
    • Psychoeducational transmission of interpersonal system concepts.
    • Dissemination of interpersonal system information to health care professionals, educators, service program professionals, or the public.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants will be restricted to nonprofit organizations in Dallas and surrounding counties that qualify as “public charities” for federal income tax purposes.


  • Preference will be given to:
    • Research projects first, educational programs second, and service programs third.
    • Projects involving close collaboration between members of two or more professional disciplines (e.g., psychology, psychiatry, social work) each making unique contributions.
    • Requests in the range of $5,000 to $35,000. 
    • Projects that can be completed with the funding requested and do not imply later requests for more funding.
      • That is, projects that do not require up front commitment to two or more grants from Lewis Foundation.
      • For example, a request for funding to support a project anticipated to take several years to complete might be approved, but a request for funding to support one part or phase of a project with a stated or implied request for additional funding in the future that would be needed to complete the project would not be approved.
    • Projects that do not require concurrent funding from other grantors unless those funds are already in hand.
  • These preferences are not intended to rule out our support of pilot projects that may lead to much larger multi-year or multi-grantor projects to be funded by other grantors. We welcome applications for such pilot projects.


  • Lewis Foundation grants do not support overhead, indirect costs, general administrative expenses, or travel for attending professional meetings.

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