Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Opportunity Network (OppNet)
The NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Opportunity Network (OppNet) is a trans-NIH initiative to expand the agency's funding of basic behavioral and social sciences research. OppNet issues a variety of funding opportunities to solicit research applications examining basic mechanisms of behavioral maintenance, including:
- Basic Biopsychosocial Mechanisms and Processes in the Management of Chronic Conditions (R21) (PAR-16-095) will support exploratory/novel research projects on the basic behavioral, social and biopsychosocial (also called biobehavioral or biosocial) mechanisms that empower or impede a person’s management of one or more chronic conditions. Expires December 7, 2016.
- Limited Competition: Revision Applications for Basic Social and Behavioral Research on the Social, Cultural, Biological, and Psychological Mechanisms of Stigma (R01) encourages revision applications to incorporate basic research on behavioral and social mechanisms underlying stigma into active R01 research projects. View a list of awards.
- Research on the Role of Epigenetics in Social, Behavioral, Environmental and Biological Relationships, throughout the Life-Span and across Generations (R21) encourages exploratory and developmental grant applications to lay the foundation for innovative and collaborative basic research on the role of epigenetics in social, behavioral, environmental and biological relationships. View a list of awards.
Chronic, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and HIV/AIDS
The NIH is leading the project Research to Guide Practice: Enhancing HIV/AIDS platforms to address NCDs in low-resource settings in collaboration with the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other partners. The project aims to bring together researchers, implementers and government representatives to articulate practical goals, approaches and a related research agenda to incorporate prevention, care and treatment for noncommunicable diseases into HIV/AIDS platforms in LMICs.
In June of 2010, NIH issued a Notice to Highlight Current NIH Funding Opportunities that Promote Research on the Human Health Effects of Climate Change. Recognizing the need to address climate change, the Trans-NIH Working Group on Climate Change and Health held a workshop to identify research priorities and gaps, to devise methods for enhanced collaboration within the NIH and with other federal agencies in this area, and to review the NIH portfolio of projects directly or indirectly related to climate change.
Two Fogarty funding opportunities are highlighted:
Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR)
Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR), presented by the International AIDS Society in collaboration with the NIH and the NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR), aims to attract international and U.S.-based early stage investigators from outside the field of HIV research to help address key scientific questions in HIV research, including emerging issues of long-term survival with HIV infection, prevention of HIV transmission and research towards a cure.
Global Alliance of Chronic Diseases
NIH participates in the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD), a collection of publicly funded research agencies that supports innovative research collaborations to address the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases in vulnerable populations.
Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa)
The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Initiative is a partnership between NIH, the African Society of Human Genetics and Wellcome Trust to foster genomic and epidemiological research in African scientific institutions.
- The trans-NIH Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health program supports research to identify, develop, evaluate and refine effective and efficient methods, systems, infrastructures and strategies. Focusing on patient outcomes, supported programs will disseminate and implement research-tested health behavior change interventions, evidence-based prevention, early detection, diagnostic, treatment and management, quality of life improvement services, and data monitoring and surveillance reporting tools into public health and clinical practice settings.
- The NIH, in collaboration with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), recently solicited applications for implementation science research that will inform delivery and scale-up of efficacious interventions to improve HIV prevention, care and treatment in Africa.
- NIH and PEPFAR Collaboration for Implementation Science administrative supplements: NIH and PEPFAR collaborated to provide administrative supplements for implementation science projects to directly inform PEPFAR programs in order to increase their impact, efficiency and sustainability. Current grantees were encouraged to develop partnerships with local researchers and researchers from other disciplines.
- NIH and PEPFAR collaborated to fund projects focused on Advancing Implementation Science in Prevention of Maternal-Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT).
Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT)
Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) allows U.S. institutions to offer short-term international research training opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students from health disparity backgrounds, enabling collaboration between U.S. colleges and universities, and international research programs. Fogarty provides co-funding to some programs.
Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)
Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) offers competitive grants to scientists in developing countries to support research and capacity-building activities on topics of importance to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and conducted in partnership with U.S. Government-funded partners, including NIH.
To help end preventable child deaths in developing countries, the USAID and the NIH have also jointly supported PEER Health.
The Rare Diseases Clinical Research Consortia (RDCRC) for the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network is a cooperative agreement research program to facilitate clinical research in rare diseases. Learn more about rare diseases at NIH from the Office of Rare Diseases Research at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).
South Africa Collaborative Biomedical Research
The U.S.-South Africa Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research is a collaboration between NIH and the South Africa Medical Research Council (MRC). Most recently funding was available through R01, R21 and U01 requests for applications to support TB, HIV/AIDS biomedical and behavioral science, and HIV-related co-morbidities, including malignancies. Fogarty is participating in the R01 and R21.
Sub-Saharan African Collaborative HIV and Cancer Consortia
The Sub-Saharan African Collaborative HIV and Cancer Consortia, supported by Fogarty and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), will promote and facilitate research on HIV and cancer in Africa through collaborative efforts between investigators in the U.S. and investigators in sub-Saharan African countries.