UPDATE TO RFA-OD-10-001: ARRAOS Recovery Act Limited Competition: Behavioral Economics for Nudging the Implementation of Comparative Effectiveness Research: Clinical Trials (RC4) - Announcement of Additional Funds Availability and Increased Allowable Total Costs

Notice Number: NOT-OD-10-053

Key Dates
Release Date: January 26, 2010

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (http://www.nih.gov)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (http://www.ahrq.gov)

In December, 2009, the NIH announced the availability of funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for research on the use of behavioral economics approaches to enhance the uptake of comparative effectiveness research (CER) by healthcare providers (RFA-OD-10-001). Since then, additional funds have been made available for this FOA in order to enable applicants to propose trials that would be adequately powered to be more informative on closely related issues. For example, applications may propose trials that would be more informative about (1) comparing different behavioral economic approaches to find out which are more effective, (2) whether initially observed enhancements of CER uptake can be maintained, or (3) whether uptake is differentially effective for subsets of providers (e.g., those in different geographical areas or treating patients differing in socioeconomic status). Using the additional funding, proposed studies might add treatment arms, extend the follow-up period, or expand sample size to address these and other important issues.

This Notice serves to notify potential applicants of the following changes related to the Funds Available, and the Budget and Project Period:

No other changes are being made to the funding opportunity announcement at this time.


This Notice is subject to restrictions on oral conversations during the period of time commencing with the submission of a formal application[1] by an individual or entity and ending with the award of the competitive funds. Federal officials may not participate in oral communications initiated by any person or entity concerning a pending application for a Recovery Act competitive grant or other competitive form of Federal financial assistance, whether or not the initiating party is a federally registered lobbyist. This restriction applies unless:

(i) the communication is purely logistical;
(ii) the communication is made at a widely attended gathering;
(iii) the communication is to or from a Federal agency official and another Federal Government employee;
(iv) the communication is to or from a Federal agency official and an elected chief executive of a state, local or tribal government, or to or from a Federal agency official and the Presiding Officer or Majority Leader in each chamber of a state legislature; or
(v) the communication is initiated by the Federal agency official.

For additional information see http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/assets/memoranda_fy2009/m09-24.pdf

We encourage your inquiries concerning this funding opportunity and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants. Inquiries may fall into three areas: scientific/research (program), peer review, and financial or grants management issues:

Questions concerning this Notice should be referred to the Scientific/Research Contacts:

Jonathan W. King, Ph.D.
Division of Behavioral and Social Research
National Institute on Aging
7201 Wisconsin Ave. #533
Bethesda, MD 20892-9205
Telephone: (301) 402-4156
Fax: (301) 402-0051
Email: kingjo@nia.nih.gov

Bill Encinosa, Ph.D.
Center for  Delivery, Organization and Markets 
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, MD 20850
Telephone: 301-427-1437
Fax: 301-427-1430
Email: William.encinosa@ahrq.hhs.gov

Formal application includes the preliminary application and letter of intent phases of the program.

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