Release Date:  December 17, 1999

NOTICE:  OD-00-006

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is implementing a trans-institute 
initiative aimed at the development of behavioral interventions for youth 
violence.  The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Office of 
the Director, NIH (OBSSR), and several NIH Institutes are developing a Request 
for Applications (RFA) to encourage innovative research for youth violence 
prevention, treatment, service delivery, and maintenance of positive behavior 
change. The forthcoming RFA will solicit regular research (R01) grant 
applications exploring the translation of ideas from basic behavioral and 
social science into novel interventions for violent youth. This three year 
grant program seeks applications from interested investigators to conduct 
timely, innovative, developmental, or methodological behavioral research, 
pilot projects, or feasibility studies that support creative, novel, high 
risk/high payoff youth violence intervention research. These studies may 
include process evaluation and model testing,  methodology development and 
validation, and piloting of an intervention prior to large scale test. The 
objective is to encourage necessary initial development to provide a basis for 
important future research.  Investigators who wish to adapt new methods or 
techniques established in other fields to study scientific avenues in youth 
violence intervention research are encouraged to apply.  This RFA is not 
intended for large scale undertakings, nor to support or supplement ongoing 
research. Instead, investigators are encouraged to explore the feasibility of 
an innovative research question or approach which may not be justifiable 
through extant research to compete as a standard research project grant, and 
to develop a research basis for a subsequent application through other 
programs. The RFA will be an opportunity to conduct research cutting across 
the traditional boundaries of responsibility of the participating NIH 

The planned release date for the RFA is in late January 2000, with 
applications due in April 2000. OBSSR/NIH anticipates making available $3 
million for approximately 12-16 awards in September 2000.The announcement will 
be published in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts in the usual manner. You 
may also be informed of the publication of the RFA and receive subsequent 
information by sending an email to and letting her know of 
your interest.


Please direct general inquiries (E-mail preferred) in regard to this notice 

Susan D. Solomon, Ph.D.
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
Federal Bldg., Rm. 8C16, MSC 9172
7550 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20892-9172
Telephone: 301-496-0979
Fax: 301-480-8905E-mail:

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