Applying for SAMHSA’s 2018 GLS Campus Suicide Prevention Grant?

Since 2005, this grant has supported hundreds of suicide prevention programs in higher education. The 2018 GLS grant will award up to $102,000 per year for up to three years, to a maximum of 18 grantees. Kognito is proud to have provided program support to more than 50% of GLS grantees since 2010.

U.S. public or private universities, community colleges and tribal and minority-serving institutions of higher learning are all eligible to apply. Please read the full 2018 GLS Grant funding announcement, FAQs, and other resources to determine your institution’s eligibility. Institutions with current GLS grant funding are not eligible to apply.

GLS funding has enabled campuses across the U.S. to put Kognito’s online simulations to use to address suicidal behavior, mental health, and substance use. These institutions also benefit from increased student retention that results from these prevention and early intervention strategies.

Outlined below are some ways in which Kognito can support your campus counseling center, psychological services, mental health center, psychology training clinic, or evidence-based mental health and substance use program to address the goals of the 2018 GLS grant.

Got Questions? Register for Kognito’s 2018 GLS Grant Webinars

Don’t miss our upcoming webinars on how Kognito can fit into your GLS proposal. We are holding five sessions which will discuss the grant and show a product demo. Webinars will be held:

  • January 16th, 2:00pm-2:30pm EST
  • January 25th, 2:00pm-2:30pm EST
  • January 30th, 3:00pm-3:30pm EST
  • February 1st, 11:30am-12:00pm EST
  • February 8th, 2:00pm-2:30pm EST

Click here to register.

GLS Grant Activities

The 2018 GLS grant funds must support four activities and may support six others. See details in the tables below.

Required Activities

Activity Kognito’s Level of Support How Kognito Meets the Requirement
Train college students, faculty, and staff to respond effectively to college students with mental and substance use disorders. Supports fully Kognito’s higher education suite includes training programs that are tailored to fit the needs of all learners listed in the grant.
Provide outreach services to inform and notify college students about available mental and substance use disorder services. Supports fully Kognito provides materials to assist institutions in their outreach to the student community and lists relevant services in their Local Resources page.
Administer voluntary mental and substance use disorder screenings and assessments. Supports partially Kognito’s SBI and At-Risk programs help equip practitioners with the skills for SUDs and mental health screening.
Create a network infrastructure to link the institution of higher education with appropriately trained behavioral healthcare providers who treat mental and substance use disorders, including a plan to seek input from relevant stakeholders in the community, and other appropriate public and private entities to carry out the program. Supports partially Kognito integrates a Local Resources page in each simulation that lists relevant on- and off-campus support services and resources as provided by the client.

For a list of the six activities from which applicants can select one or more, see our 2018 GLS Grant Applicant Resource Kit for a table on how Kognito supports those requirements.

2018 GLS Grant Program Design with Kognito’s Higher Education Products

Kognito has worked with more than 350 institutions to provide a unique cost-effective, research-proven solution. Kognito can rapidly train university faculty, staff, students, and student leaders on skills for suicide prevention, and mental health. Kognito’s Higher Education Suite addresses the needs of a general student population, as well as those of student veterans and LGBTQ students.


The Kognito Higher Education Suite simulations are listed on the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) Best Practices Registry, and two are listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

These interactive, evidence-based simulations address suicide prevention, mental health, and substance use in order to promote help-seeking behavior and reduce stigma. In these role-play conversations, faculty, staff, and students build awareness, knowledge, and skills about these topics and are prepared to lead real-life conversations with students that build resilience, strengthen relationships and connect them with support. As a result, faculty, staff, and students improve the identification and treatment of at-risk college students so they can successfully complete their studies.

The following are Kognito products that are designed for college-level professional development and student education. For product descriptions, topics, target users, and product length, see our 2018 GLS Grant Applicant Resource Kit.

Kognito Client Services

Kognito takes an active role assisting with rollout, promotion, and assessment of our simulations. Our Client Experience team works closely with our clients, providing them with outreach materials and a tailored strategy to achieve their dissemination targets. This approach significantly reduces the time commitment and resources that a client would usually need to allocate to make these programs successful.

If you want to know more or experience a product for yourself, you can access this free demo available on our website. More technical information and FAQs are available will be discussed in our upcoming webinars, and are featured in our 2018 GLS Grant Applicant Resource Kit.

Data Collection and Performance Measurement Requirements

Kognito supports the four data collection and performance measurement requirements of the GLS grant. For details on how, see our 2018 GLS Grant Applicant Resource Kit.

Writing Kognito into Your GLS Proposal

Let us know how we can help you with your GLS proposal. We will be hosting a series of webinars for applicants on a regular basis before the deadline.

In addition, our GLS grant and higher education specialists are available to answer questions about products, data, and pricing as you work on your proposal. We will discuss this information in our upcoming webinars, or you can contact us here and a member of our team will be in touch to answer your questions.

The 2018 GLS Grant Applicant Resource Kit has more in-depth information, with text that you can include directly in your application.

Alternatively, some grantees choose to purchase Kognito with their grant funding after they have received a GLS award. GLS applicants may choose not to specify Kognito in their application.

Your 2018 GLS Grant Proposal Timeline

The deadline to submit your application on is February 20, 2018. However, if you are interested in applying, SAMHSA recommends starting the registration process immediately. Registering with NIH’s eRA Commons can take up to six weeks. We also recommend building in adequate review time (at least 2-4 weeks) for your grants office to review your proposal.

Again, don’t miss our upcoming webinars, and best of luck with your proposal.

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