The V. Sagar Sethi, M.D. Mental Health Research Award

The V. Sagar Sethi, M.D. Mental Health Research Award was created with an endowment from the late Dr. Sethi, a longtime psychiatrist in Charlotte and member of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association (NCPA) and American Psychiatric Association (APA). The award seeks to "honor a scientist for significant contributions to basic research in the neurosciences, psychology, or pharmacology at a molecular, cellular or behavioral level." 

Award Criteria:

  • Significant contribution to basic research.
  • Research has had a significant impact or is highly likely to have a significant impact on clinical psychiatric care.
  • Physician or Ph.D. who is conducting active research in the United States.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted, although the nominee can assist in providing information.
  • Recipient must be available to present a lecture at the NC Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting and Scientific Session, currently scheduled for September 26 to September 29, 2024 in Asheville, NC.

Submission Details:

  • The submission window is open. The deadline is March 22, 2024.
  • Submissions should include a one-page nomination letter explaining the significance of the nominee's research and the nominee's CV.
  • Submissions may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:

Psychiatric Foundation of NC
Attn: Sethi Award Selection Committee
222 North Person Street, Suite 012
Raleigh, NC 27601


  • The recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award.
  • Travel support to attend and present a lecture during the NCPA 2024 Annual Meeting and Scientific Session.

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