The RPTF’s Prioritized Research Agenda gives you an opportunity to explicitly link your work to the reduction of suicide burden. Scientists whose work can make a contribution to this effort are encouraged to pursue research indicated in the research pathways and in the short- and long-term objectives of the Prioritized Research Agenda.

Why is this 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.
  • This is the 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.
  • This Prioritized Research Agenda will help focus the funding for suicide research to those areas that show the most promise. 

How can I use this Agenda?

  • Focus your research around those areas that are highlighted in the Prioritized Research Agenda.
  • Encourage other scientists/researchers to join the field of suicide research by explaining to them the prioritized approach to research in the field.
  • Support the research infrastructure objectives outlined in the Prioritized Research Agenda (e.g. developing common data elements, establishing a clearinghouse for policy research opportunities).