OSP FO# 11-221

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Aging (NIA)/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

PROGRAM: Social and Behavioral Research on the Elderly in Disasters (R01, R03, R21)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to stimulate research in the behavioral and social sciences on the consequences of natural and man-made disasters for the health of the elderly, with an ultimate goal of preventing or mitigating harmful consequences. Disasters include severe weather-related events, including heat waves; earthquakes; tsunamis; large-scale attacks on civilian populations; technological catastrophes; and influenza pandemics. The health outcomes of greatest interest include mortality, disability, severe distress and clinically significant morbidity (as opposed to mild or transient symptoms), and economic hardship sufficient to harm health. This program relates to the NIA mission to improve the health and well-being of older Americans through research and the NINR mission to prevent disease and disability. Research and translation efforts can help inform planning by drawing on lessons from disasters of multiple types and locations.

Examples of research topics and methods include, but are not limited to:

  • Characteristics of public health systems, acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care institutions affecting survival, successful evacuation or referral, and continuity of care for the frail elderly, disabled or chronically ill persons.
  • Behavioral and social factors that affect preparation for disasters; response to disasters, including mortality and evacuation; and the long-term health impact after disasters, including post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), health problems, loss of social resources, and morbidity.
  • The impact of neighborhood, household and family characteristics, including the built environment, social cohesion and social networks, on survival, successful evacuation and resettlement or relocation of the elderly.
  • Disruption and adaptation of health-systems and caregiver relationships. Of particular concern is the rise of an aging population of urban residents who live alone, with limited social networks, and who become disabled and homebound. Socially isolated elderly may be especially vulnerable to disaster-related morbidity and mortality.
  • Social, economic, and racial/ethnic disparities affecting access to vaccines and other preventive services; or affecting the survival, evacuation, resettlement or relocation of the elderly.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

R01: February 5, June 5, and October 5, until September 8, 2014
R03, R21: February 16, June 16, and October 16, until September 8, 2014

FUNDING INFORMATION: These programs will utilize the NIH Research Project Grant (R01), the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) award mechanisms, and the NIH Small Research Grant (R03), and “Just-in-Time” information concepts. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. For the R01 program, budgets are not limited, but need to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. The scope of the proposed projects should determine the project period. The maximum period is 5 years.

For the R21 program, the total project period may not exceed two years and direct costs are limited to $275,000 over the two-year period.

For the R03 program, budgets for direct costs of up to $50,000 per year, and a project duration of up to two years may be requested, for a maximum of $100,000 over two years.

John G. Haaga, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Behavioral and Social Research
National Institute on Aging
Gateway Bldg. Suite 533
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, MSC 9205
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9205
Telephone: (301) 496-3131
Email: HaagaJ@mail.nih.gov
Web: R01: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-263.html
R03: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-264.html
R21: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-265.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 (PA-11-263, PA-11-264, PA-11-265) 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.