Participation of NCCAM in PAR-10-039: Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R03) and PAR-10-040: Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R21)

Notice Number: NOT-AT-11-002

Key Dates

Release Date:  May 16, 2011  

Issued by

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH formerly NCCAM)

CFDA Number: 93.213

Components of Participating Organizations:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), (
National Cancer Institute (NCI), (
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), (
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), (
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), (
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), (
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), (
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) (
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), (
Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), (


The purpose of this Notice is to inform applicants that the NCCAM will participate, effective immediately, in the following NIH Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs):

PAR-10-039: Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R03) (PAR-10-039)
PAR-10-040: Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R21) (PAR-10-040)

NCCAM is  interested in mechanistic dissemination and implementation research questions such as:

  • Can effective measures be created for key implementation constructs (e.g., supervision, outcomes monitoring, turnover, and leadership)?
  • How does implementation of effective practice affect turnover, organizational culture and climate?
  • Is there an effective model of (re)training providers in effective practices?
  • How can capacity be built within practice settings to support implementation of effective practices?
  • What data systems can support ongoing assessment of implementation?

Examples of specific research questions or projects of interest to NCCAM include but are not limited to:

  • What are effective ways to implement the use of standardized outcomes monitoring measures in health care settings that deliver pain management strategies which incorporate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches?   
  • What are effective ways to disseminate and implement model curricula that have been developed in NCCAM R25 or CTSA programs to other training programs in both complementary and alternative medicine and conventional medical, nursing, and allied health professional school settings?
  • What data systems can support ongoing assessment of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use or the use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines which incorporate CAM modalities in patient care settings?
  • What are effective ways (such as incorporation in medical record or use of electronic application) to implement screening for use of non-vitamin, non-mineral dietary supplements by health care practitioners in medical settings (in order to reduce risk of deleterious interactions with medications)?
  • Studies examining the extent to which CAM providers such as NDs, DO’s and DC’s are implementing best practice guidelines for known beneficial health-related behaviors such as childhood vaccination, exercise, healthy weight maintenance; studies identifying barriers to implementation of these guidelines for CAM providers and patients who see CAM providers; and studies identifying effective approaches to enhance implementation of guidelines and promotion of these behaviors in CAM patient care settings. 

Potential applicants are encouraged to conduct research in primary care settings, pain clinics, and military medical care settings and to utilize research platform models such as NIH Clinical Translational Science Award sites (CTSAs), Practice Based Research Networks (PBRNs), NIH clinical trials networks, and the Veteran’s Administration System.

All other aspects of these FOAs remain unchanged and participation by other NIH Institutes continues, unaffected by this Notice.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.
Program Officer
Division of Extramural Research
National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
National Institutes of Health
6707 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-5475
Phone: 301-594-9346