The Once Upon a Time Foundation (a Fort Worth-based private foundation that has given away over $50 million) is pleased to announce a major multi-center research funding opportunity. Grants totaling $3 million will be awarded for clinical studies on “The Use of Patients’ Electronic Communications in Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment.” We are now accepting letters of intent proposing clinical research studies relevant to this topic. Multiple grants of up to a maximum of $1 million each may be awarded to support several concurrent research projects, with funding beginning as early as December 2017. Participation in the program will include attendance at one-day investigator meetings in the DFW area every six months at the Foundation’s expense.

This funding opportunity is related to a comprehensive white paper prepared by Paul Appelbaum, MD, the Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine & Law in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and Carl Fisher, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University. Their paper, funded by the Foundation, explores issues related to mental health professionals and their access to patients’ electronic communications.

Please follow the links below to see the full Request for Proposals, including detailed instructions about how to apply for a grant; the comprehensive white paper by Appelbaum and Fisher; and an article highlighting additional research projects funded by the Foundation:


For more information or to submit a Letter of Intent, email the Once Upon a Time Foundation at fundingrequests@onceuponatime.org.