NIH Wants Your Views on Basic Behavioral and Social Research Priorities -- Quick Response Needed

This year's funding of OppNet is through Recovery Act funds (which by law must be spent by September 30, 2010) so the response deadlines are short.

By now you've heard about NIH's new initiative to fund trans-institute basic behavioral and social sciences research. OppNet (Opportunity Network) has its own website and recently released several funding opportunity announcements. This year's funding of OppNet is through Recovery Act funds (which by law must be spent by September 30, 2010) so the response deadlines are short.  NIH is asking for information to help them prioritize areas for funding in this initiative.  YOU MUST RESPOND BY February 19, 2010.   Please send a copy of your response to Pat Kobor to help inform APA's comments on this initiative. Please note the format in which NIH is asking for comments: the closer you follow the format (just as in grant applications!) the more useful your comments will be. The text below is taken from the announcement in the NIH Guide:
 
Through this RFI information is sought to identify priorities for b-BSSR activities that are consistent with the mission and goals of OppNet.  Ideas for both short (1-2 years) and long (3-5 years) term activities that focus on humans or model animals are welcome. The scientific community, scientific organizations, health professionals, patient advocates, and the general public are invited to respond to the following:

  • The Challenge: Describe what you believe to be the most critical, health related challenges that will benefit from b-BSSR. 

  • The Opportunity: Indicate the most promising b-BSSR targets that will inform solutions to those problems.  Targets may include scientific research, research training or core/shared resources (e.g., databases, assessment tools) in the basic behavioral and social sciences. 

  • Outcome Indicators:  Describe what measures could be used to indicate whether the proposed activities were successful in meeting the Challenge(s).

Responses will be accepted until February 19, 2010 through this website. The website will request that respondents provide some background information and then suggest high priority areas of research with a brief description of the challenge, opportunity and outcome indicators for each priority area identified.  Outcome indicators will help NIH evaluate success in achieving progress in any areas selected for focus.