OSP FO# 11-093

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)/Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)

PROGRAM: Research on Children in Military Families: The Impact of Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration on Child and Family Functioning (R01, R13, R21)

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of these programs is to support interdisciplinary studies (R01), interdisciplinary conferences and meetings (R13) and developmental and exploratory studies (R21) on the impact of parental military deployment, combat-related stress, and reintegration with the family on child social and affective development outcomes as well as family functioning.

R01: Relevant questions include but are not limited to the following:

  • What effect does the anticipation of deployment or multiple deployments have on family functioning and child adjustment?
  • Are there gender differences in the ways in which combat-related stress affects family functioning and child adjustment outcomes? Are there specific impacts on child adjustment when the mother or female head of household is deployed?
  • Are there family/child vulnerabilities or risk factors that are exacerbated by parental military deployment, combat-related stress, and reintegration with families? Are there protective factors that may buffer against challenges associated with combat-related stress?
  • What are the long-term consequences of parental deployment, separation, and reintegration on child development outcomes?
  • To what extent does combat-related stress and co-morbid conditions such as substance use disorders, depression, sleep disturbance, and other anxiety disorders have an impact on parenting?

R13: Relevant questions include but are not limited to the following:

  • What is known about the impact of parental military deployment on child outcomes? Are there specific impacts on child adjustment when the mother or female head of household is deployed?
  • How do parenting practices change when the military parent returns home from combat? Are there gender differences? Are there differences among racial/ethnic groups? How do these changes in parenting practices affect child adjustment and mental health outcomes?
  • To what extent do combat related PTSD and co-morbid conditions such as substance use disorders, depression, sleep disturbance, and other anxiety disorders interfere with parenting?
  • What is known about the ways in which combat exposure affects marital relations, family roles and responsibilities, and family dynamics? Are there gender differences in the ways in which combat-related stress and PTSD affect family functioning and child adjustment outcomes?
  • What is the process of adjustment when military personnel return home and the long-term consequences of separation and reintegration on children’s development?

R21: Relevant questions include but are not limited to the following:

  • To what extent can civilian parenting education/intervention programs be tailored to address the needs of military parents?
  • What is known about the ways in which combat exposure affects marital relations, family roles and responsibilities (including children taking care of disabled parents), and family dynamics? What types of interventions would be most effective under these conditions?
  • To what extent might animal-assisted interventions ameliorate effects associated with deployment stress and anxiety for children or adults?
  • Are there particular disparities or risk factors that are exacerbated by parental military service and combat-related stress? What measures/protocols are needed to elucidate these vulnerabilities?
  • What role can the school play in providing mental health services, formal and informal psychosocial support, and interventions?

DEADLINE:
R01: February 5, June 5, October 5 until May 8, 2014.
R13: April 12, August 12, December 12 until May 8, 2014.
R21: February 16, June 16, October 16 until May 8, 2014.

FUNDING INFORMATION: These programs will utilize the NIH Research Project Grant (R01), the NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (R13), and the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) award mechanisms. 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, application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. Awards can be submitted for a maximum of 5 years under this program.

For the R13 program, NICHD and participating ICs expect to award up to $25,000 in direct costs over a two-year project period. NICHD and participating ICs intend to fund no more than 2 conference grants per cycle.

For the R21 program, direct costs are limited to $275,000 over a two-year project period.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Valerie Maholmes, PhD., CAS
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institutes of Health
6100 Executive Blvd Room 4B05A, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Telephone: (301) 496-1514
Email: maholmev@mail.nih.gov
Web:  R01: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-200.html
R13: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-201.html
R21: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-202.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-11-200, PA-11-201, PA-11-202) 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.