First, yet another specialized ARRA funding opportunity, and then an unusual NCMHD R21 opportunity for Innovative Faith-Based Approaches to Health Disparities Research. For the ARRA K12ish FOA, NCI, NCRR, NCCAM, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIDA, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIMH, NINDS, NINR, and, interestingly, NLM are on board.

Institutional Comparative Effectiveness Research Mentored Career Development Award (KM1)

Application Due Date: March 25, 2010

The mentored career development approach will permit research-intensive institutions to develop an interdisciplinary environment catering to the needs of diverse populations of scholars including (but not limited to) those with backgrounds in medicine, pediatrics, surgery, dentistry, nursing, allied health, pharmacology, health care administration and management, clinical research design, epidemiology, biostatistics, biomedical informatics, economics, quality improvement, modeling systems, ethics, behavioral science, engineering, and law. Scholars supported through this program could include recent doctoral graduates who are entering the research workforce as well as established investigators who are seeking to extend their expertise or experience in CER in a mentored environment.

Total costs cannot exceed $2,500,000 for the 3-year project period; 8-10 awards are anticipated

The narrative cannot exceed 25 p in addressing: Background; Program Plan; Recruitment and Retention to Enhance Diversity; and Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Please see RFA for appropriate program contact.

Innovative Faith-Based Approaches to Health Disparities Research (R21)

LOI Receipt Date: February 9, 2010
Application Due Date: March 17, 2010

Standard R21 budget ($275k-2y)/narrative length (6 p) – up to 8 awards are anticipated

NCMHD intends to cultivate empirical, formative, evaluative and transdisciplinary intervention research on faith-motivated initiatives, concepts and theories that have played an important role in addressing health disparities. The focus on exploratory, evaluative and/or intervention research will allow studies to assess the impact of faith-based initiatives and programs in health disparity populations; formulate hypotheses about the role and unique characteristics of faith communities in addressing health disparities; design targeted interventions; and track the efficacy of community and faith-based or faith-motivated programs that result from a participatory approach to research in the community.

Scientific/Research Contacts:

Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD MPH
Acting Director, Office of Innovation and Program Coordination, NCMHD
Telephone: (301) 402-1366
Email: dankwamullani@mail.nih.gov


1 Comment »

  1. BB said

    Faith-based approaches? How is this not a violation of the First Amendment?

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