Funder of Research

The RPTF’s Prioritized Research Agenda identifies research areas that can inform approaches that can contribute to reducing suicide by 20% in five years and 40% in ten years. The RPTF hopes that public and private funders will consult the agenda when allocating expenditures. A potential common focus also facilitates improved cooperation among funders and possible collaborative funding efforts.

Why is this Prioritized Research Agenda important?

  • In spite of continued public and private investment in research over the past decade, there is no evidence of an overall decrease in suicide deaths or attempts in the United States.
  • First time in the United States that suicide research has been prioritized to have the biggest impact on the rates of suicide attempts and deaths.
  • Will help focus the funding for suicide research to those areas that show the most promise.

How can I use this Prioritized Research Agenda?

  • Use this Prioritized Research Agenda as a guide for the types of research your organization funds in the future.
  • Collaborate with other funding organizations in order to pool resources and to avoid overlap. 
  • Support the research infrastructure objectives outlined in the Prioritized Research Agenda (e.g. developing common data elements, and establishing a clearinghouse for policy research opportunities).