OSP FO# 11-242

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)

PROGRAM: Economic Research on Incentives for Efficient Use of Preventive Services (R01)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to advance general knowledge about how incentives can be structured to improve both health and cost outcomes through more efficient use of preventive services; it is not primarily to advance specific knowledge about any particular preventive intervention or prevention of any particular health condition.

This announcement encourages research that examines preventive interventions that are delivered in clinical settings as well as interventions that take place outside the traditional health care delivery system. Research to be supported under this program will involve empirical studies that are grounded in a clear theoretical framework and aimed at drawing policy-relevant conclusions for how to improve the allocation of prevention resources.

Examples of research projects that could be supported under this FOA include but are not limited to:

  • Analysis and evaluation of employer-based incentive arrangements to encourage appropriate use of effective preventive services.
  • Analysis of relationships between insurance benefit design, characteristics of services, providers, and markets, and over- or under-use of preventive services.
  • Examination of the decisions that lead to under-provision or under-use of relatively low-cost and highly cost-effective preventive services, identification of the underlying incentives (for providers, consumers, others) that encourage such under-provision or under-use, and evaluation of strategies to modify incentives to achieve more efficient use.
  • Examination of the decisions that lead to over-provision or over-use of costly and relatively cost-ineffective preventive services (or use of ineffective services), identification of the underlying incentives (for providers, consumers, others) that encourage such over-provision or over-use, and evaluation of strategies to modify incentives to achieve more efficient use.
  • Studies of the determinants of (non-)compliance with accepted guidelines for frequency of screening interventions such as mammography and colonoscopy.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

Letter of Intent (optional): October 15, 2011
Full Proposal: November 15, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: This program will utilize the NIH Research Project Grant (R01) award mechanism, and “Just-in-Time” information concepts. NIH intends to commit approximately $1.6 million in FY 2012 to fund approximately 4 awards, contingent on NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of scientifically meritorious applications. The project period should be determined by the scope of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years.

Gregory Bloss, M.A.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research
5635 Fishers Lane, Room 2075
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9304
(Use Zip Code 20852 for FedEx)
Telephone: (301) 443-3865
Email: Gregory.Bloss@nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-11-012.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 (RFA-RM-11-012) 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.