TRANSLATIONAL BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE RESEARCH CONSORTIA

Release Date:  October 25, 2001

NOTICE:  NOT-HL-02-005

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
 (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov)

RFP Number:  BAA-HC-02-07

Letter of Intent Receipt Date:  January 15, 2002
Proposal Receipt Date:          March 3, 2002

PURPOSE

The purpose of this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is to stimulate the 
application of basic behavioral sciences to the development of novel 
approaches for changing behavioral risk factors for heart, lung, blood, and 
sleep diseases and disorders.  It is intended to encourage the formation of 
research consortia in which interdisciplinary teams of basic and applied 
social scientists conduct independent but coordinated studies pursuing common 
objectives.  This announcement is not a request for proposals.  It is 
anticipated that the solicitation, BAA-HC-02-07, will be available at 
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/funding/inits/index.htm on or about October 31, 
2001.  If you have questions, you may contact Eve Schaefer, NHLBI Contracting 
Officer, by phone at 301-402-3670 or by e-mail at es204n@nih.gov.

BAAs are used by agencies to fulfill their requirements for scientific study 
and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or 
increasing knowledge or understanding rather than focusing on a specific 
solution.  This BAA is intended to complement and enhance the NHLBI’s ongoing 
research programs, which involve a substantial investment in clinical 
research, genomic research, basic biology, and training and education 
programs.

RESEARCH OBJECTIVES

Proposals responsive to the BAA will involve a set of linked, interactive 
research projects or studies (with each set of projects/studies referred to 
as a consortium) from a single institution or from different institutions, 
involving collaboration between basic behavioral scientists and clinical 
researchers pursuing a common objective.  The studies within each set of 
coordinated projects, or consortium, will involve:  1) basic research aimed 
at developing and testing evidence-based theories from the behavioral or 
social sciences concerning cognitive, affective, motivational, developmental, 
and other factors and processes underlying human behavior, and 2) applied, 
clinical research in which the knowledge gained from the applicable basic 
behavioral science studies would be used to develop and test methods to 
encourage adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyle, manage behavioral 
risk factors for heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders, or 
other applications in preventive or clinical medicine.  It is expected that a 
wide variety of technical and scientific approaches will be submitted and 
that multiple awards will be made.  

MECHANISM OF SUPPORT

The NHLBI anticipates awarding three or four contracts based on technical 
merit, available funds, and programmatic balance.  The total period of 
performance will not exceed five years.  The anticipated award date is 
September 30, 2002.


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