Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications (RFA) titled: Social Neuroscience

Notice Number: NOT-DA-05-011

Key Dates
Release Date: September 7, 2005

Issued by
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), (

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), with other possible participating NIH Institutes and Centers (IC's) intend to publish a Request for Applications (RFA) soliciting applications that focus on social neuroscience. The RFA is expected to be published in October 2005. Social neuroscience seeks to explain social behavior (i.e., behavior influenced by or occurring in the presence of others) in terms of: [1] the information processing mechanisms that motivate and guide social behavior; and [2] the neurobiological mechanisms (genetic, hormonal, biochemical, physiological) that underlie social behavior. The social neuroscience perspective (and related areas of neuro- and behavioral economics) is an emerging framework that is being applied to important aspects of social behavior and experience including attraction, altruism, aggression, affiliation, attachment, attitudes, identification, cooperation, competition, emotion, motivation, empathy, sexuality, communication, dominance, persuasion, trust, obedience and nurturance. For NIDA and NIAAA, this RFA seeks to encourage new research that applies the social neuroscience perspective to alcohol and drug abuse and also highlights its developmental trajectory. Studies may be at either the clinical (human) or pre-clinical (animal) level.


For further information regarding this potential RFA, please contact:

Dr. David Shurtleff
National Institute on Drug Abuse
6001 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-443-1887
Fax: 301-594-6043

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