Government Relations Update

New ideas for suicide prevention research sought by federal agencies

Three components of the National Institutes of Health have issued a request for guidance on how to advance research on suicide prevention. The request seeks input on “a) the key methodological roadblocks that currently exist in suicide prevention research, and b) new paradigms and theoretical models with the potential to spark innovative research.”

The request was issued by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Responses will help guide these institutes’ planning and funding of suicide prevention research. 

The institutes note that “Given challenging budget times, federal funding for suicide research will need to be more strategic and prioritized than ever before. This [request] offers an opportunity for the research community to identify and prioritize the critical ‘bottlenecks’ that impede progress, to suggest solutions to one or more significant problems, and to nominate new paradigms for approaching this work.”

For further background and instructions on how to respond, see the Request for Information (NOT-MH-12-017). The deadline for responses is April 27, 2012.