Research Funding

NIH institutes seek input on research initiatives

Individual components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) periodically seek input from the scientific and health communities about research initiatives that they are considering or planning.  These initiatives may lead to new funding opportunities for scientists. Four requests for input in areas that include psychology have recently been issued.

Brain imaging repository for substance abuse research (NIDA)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) requests input concerning “the administrative, logistical and human-subject protection issues involved in the creation of a common database or data repository of functional neuroimaging data from the brains of substance users or abusers.“  The proposed repository would include psychosocial information about the substance users whose brains are scanned.

Further background about this request and instructions for submitting comments can be found in the formal notice (NOT-DA-11-008).  The deadline for responses is March 15, 2011. 

Standardized measures of biobehavioral symptoms (NINR)

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) seeks input on a potential initiative that would “promote standardized outcomes and the development of an integrated database focused on biobehavioral symptom research.  This initiative would seek to establish a core set of biobehavioral symptom measures that can be used in trials across a variety of patient populations with acute or chronic illnesses in different settings in an effort to accelerate scientific advances. . . . This initiative will target 12 of the most common symptoms: fatigue, dyspnea, pain, nausea, constipation, depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment, lack of appetite, itching, insomnia, mucosal dryness.”

See the formal notice (NOT-NR-11-010) for further details about the request and how to respond.  The deadline for responses is April 2, 2011.

Behavioral measures for electronic health records (NCI)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and other NIH institutes, in collaboration with the Society of Behavioral Medicine, have organized an effort to develop standardized patient-reported behavioral and psychosocial measures to be included in adults’ electronic health records (EHRs).  Development of these measures is intended both to enhance health care and to enable new opportunities for health research. 

Stakeholders are invited to comment on an initial draft of the measures by April 4, 2011, and to participate in a workshop to be held on May 2, 2011.  Further details can be found on the EHR project website.

Health disparities research capacity (NICHD)

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) “seeks input from the broader scientific community regarding models and best practices in the development of sustainable research capacity at non-research intensive institutions of higher education with the long term goal of conducting health disparities research.”

Further details about this request can be found in the notice (NOT-HD-11-006).  The deadline for responses is June 21, 2010.