OSP FO# 11-130

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)/Eunice Kennedy Schriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)/National Cancer Institute (NCI)/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)/National Eye Institute (NEI)/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)/National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)/National Institute on Aging (NIA)/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)/National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD)/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Library of Medicine (NLM)

PROGRAM: Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R01)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to encourage behavioral and social science research on the causes of and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U.S. population. Health disparities between, on the one hand, racial/ethnic populations, lower socioeconomic classes, and rural residents and, on the other hand, the overall U.S. population are major public health concerns. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: (1) public policy; (2) health care; and (3) disease/disability prevention. Particular attention is given to reducing “health gaps” among groups. Proposals that utilize an interdisciplinary approach, investigate multiple levels of analysis, incorporate a life-course perspective, and/or employ innovative methods such as system science or community-based participatory research are particularly encouraged.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

Letters of Intent (optional): August 14, 2011; December 11, 2011; and April 11, 2012
Full Application: September 14, 2011; January 11, 2012; and May 11, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: This program will utilize the NIH Research Project Grant (R01) mechanism and runs in parallel with PAR-10-137, which solicits applications under the Exploratory/Developmental (R21) award mechanism. Funding levels vary according to the scope and need of the project. The maximum project period allowable is five years.

Helen I. Meissner, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive
Building 31/Room B1C19
Bethesda, MD 20892-2027
Phone: 301-594-2105
Fax: 301-402-1150
E-mail: meissneh@od.nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-136.html

REMARKS: NIH requires that applications to this program be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov). After submission via Grants.gov, applications will be retrieved and processed by the NIH Commons system (https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/index.jsp). In order to prepare a responsive application, PIs should download both the complete program guidelines (PAR-10-136) and the corresponding application package from Grants.gov as well as the NIH Grants.gov Application Guide (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm). PIs must also be registered Commons users.

For more information about Grants.gov and the NIH Commons, or to register as a Commons user, please contact either India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. In addition, please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.