OSP FO #12-001

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Division for Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)/Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ)

PROGRAM: Advancing Health Services through System Modeling Research

OBJECTIVES: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) convened a workshop in September 2009, in which experts in both health services research and industrial and systems engineering were asked to explore the critical areas of research at the intersection of their fields, recognizing the supportive role of health information technology (IT). The AHRQ/NSF workshop final report produced a vision of an ideal health care system that is both engineered and patient-centered.

This program provides funding to foster new collaborations among health services researchers and industrial and systems engineers, with a specific emphasis on the supportive role of health IT. Proposals should specifically identify the relationship of the proposed research to elements of the research agenda presented in the AHRQ/NSF workshop final report. Funded proposals will further the understanding of health care delivery as composed of interacting systems and of health care outcomes from a systems perspective, and add to the understanding of health IT infrastructure requirements. Additionally, proposers are encouraged to assemble interdisciplinary research teams in response to this announcement. It is envisioned that successful proposals will be submitted by investigators from industrial engineering, and/or systems engineering, and/or management science fields in collaboration with health services researchers. Proposers are also encouraged to consider collaboration with researchers from the social or hazard sciences working in areas of risk communication, risk perception and individual decision making as it pertains to medical issues.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

SUBMISSION WINDOWS: January 15, 2012-February 15, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing up to $2 million to fund 3-6 standard or continuing grants. While there are set aside funds for this announcement, a portion of funds will come from the general funds for the Service Enterprise Systems program. Consequently, the exact number of awards and total funding will depend on the quality of proposals and availability of funds. Additionally, AHRQ can only fund Health IT-focused projects that align with its specific agency goals. Therefore, the number of awards will also depend on the number of meritorious proposals received in this area.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Russell R. Barton
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 550
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-2211
Email: rbarton@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12515/nsf12515.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Research Administrator assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 12-515 and NSF GPG 11-1) 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.