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Research and Evaluation Process

We are often approached by researchers to collaborate on new research and evaluation projects. We appreciate opportunities to further our understanding of crisis lines and their effectiveness, in addition to other suicide prevention-related topics.

If you are interested in working with the Lifeline and currently have a well-developed research proposal, please kindly complete our Research Proposal Application, where you may upload the proposal and will be asked a series of questions pertaining to your request. A member of the evaluation team will confirm receipt and the application will be thoroughly reviewed. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. As such, please expect approximately one to two months for a response as we typically receive a high volume of requests. We also encourage you to read through the below guidance and frequently asked questions before completing an application.

Winter 2022 Update: Vibrant Emotional Health and the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (Lifeline) are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for investigators to apply to receive funding for an evaluation entitled Evaluation of a Network-wide Training Initiative to Increase Crisis Counselor Self-efficacy, Knowledge, and Skill in Lifeline Suicide Safety Assessment and Intervention. Through this two-year funding opportunity, the evaluation will assess the efficacy of the Lifeline’s new, online, self-paced core trainings to increase Lifeline Crisis Counselors’ self-efficacy, knowledge, and skill in utilizing the Lifeline Suicide Safety Assessment model to assist contacts at risk of suicide or in emotional distress. The evaluation should be designed to assess the impact of the training in the short-term (post-training) and long-term (a follow-up time period to be determined), and uncover ways in which the training may be improved to continue to enhance the standards, training, and practices of the network.

Requests for Applications (RFA) will be accepted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Interested applicants may find more information and apply online through AFSP at: https://webportalapp.com/sp/closed/vibrant2022. The application due date is February 20th, 2023 11:59PM EST. 

Please email any questions to Carl Niedzielski ([email protected]), AFSP’s Director, Grants and Researcher Development, by Wednesday, February 15, 5:00 p.m. EST. In fairness to all applicants, no questions will be answered after this time. All questions and answers related to this RFA will be compiled and posted on this page by Friday, February 17, 5:00 p.m. EST

Eligibility Criteria

  • The researcher(s) leading these efforts must be from an accredited institution (i.e., university, hospital, etc.).
  • The institution must have an ethics review board; there is an assumption that if a research agreement is established between the Lifeline and the institution, the institution will have the research reviewed by their ethics board before the research commences.
  • There must be a clearly defined research question and significant social impact to the research. 

Exclusion Criteria

  • Applications will be denied if the research does not relate to suicide or if the request is not a research or evaluation project.
  • All media requests should be directed to [email protected].
  • We will not accept applications without a clearly defined research question or significant social impact.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Lifeline accept proposals from PhD students?

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How long will it take to hear back from the Lifeline regarding my application?

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How does the Lifeline decide which proposals to accept?

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What are the next steps if my application is approved?

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Does the Lifeline have publicly available data sets?

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Does the Lifeline have data on….?

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Does the Lifeline provide funding for research and evaluation?

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Can the Lifeline promote my external research?

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Can I refer individuals to the Lifeline as part of my research?

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I would like to obtain data for a media project. What are my next steps?

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I have additional questions. Who can I contact?

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