Notice of Change in PAR-17-162 "Innovation Award for Mechanistic Studies to Optimize Mind and Body Interventions in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics (R33)"

Notice Number: NOT-AT-17-008

Key Dates
Release Date: April 19, 2017

Related Announcements
PAR-17-162

Issued by
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Purpose

The purpose of this notice is to announce a change in the types of Mind and Body Interventions that will be supported by the Funding Opportunity Announcement PAR-17-162 "Innovation Award for Mechanistic Studies to Optimize Mind and Body Interventions in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics (R33)". Specifically, PAR-17-162 now accepts applications studying complex interventions such as music or art approaches. 

Funding Opportunity Purpose

Currently reads:

Understanding the mechanisms by which complementary or integrative Mind and Body Interventions exert their clinical effects is critical for the development of optimized interventions that target specific conditions and disorders.  

Building on prior mechanistic research, the purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage additional research to optimize the biological, neurological, physiological mechanisms or behavioral processes underlying Mind and Body Interventions.  Applications submitted under this FOA, using the R33 funding mechanism, can receive up to three years of support to: (1) optimize previously identified  mechanisms or processes underlying a Mind and Body Intervention through further modifications to the interventions, (2) study the integration of approaches that may affect the same underlying mechanisms or processes, or (3) further study the relationship between the intervention and the underlying mechanism of action with a relevant target population.  Applicants should also aim to provide preliminary evidence that the mechanisms or processes modulated by the intervention are associated with functional outcome or clinical benefit for specific conditions or disorders.  This FOA is not appropriate for clinical trials with the primary objectives to determine efficacy or effectiveness.

Modified to read as:  

Understanding the mechanisms by which complementary or integrative Mind and Body Interventions exert their clinical effects is critical for the development of optimized interventions that target specific conditions and disorders.  

Building on prior mechanistic research, the purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage additional research to optimize the biological, neurological, physiological mechanisms or behavioral processes underlying Mind and Body Interventions (e.g., meditation, spinal manipulation, massage, yoga, tai chi, hypnosis, acupuncture, music or art approaches).  Applications submitted under this FOA, using the R33 funding mechanism, can receive up to three years of support to: (1) optimize previously identified  mechanisms or processes underlying a Mind and Body Intervention through further modifications to the interventions, (2) study the integration of approaches that may affect the same underlying mechanisms or processes, or (3) further study the relationship between the intervention and the underlying mechanism of action with a relevant target population.  Applicants should also aim to provide preliminary evidence that the mechanisms or processes modulated by the intervention are associated with functional outcome or clinical benefit for specific conditions or disorders.  This FOA is not appropriate for clinical trials with the primary objectives to determine efficacy or effectiveness.

Background

Currently reads as:

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is committed to the rigorous investigation of Mind and Body Interventions to determine their safety and usefulness.   For the purposes of this FOA, Mind and Body Interventions are non-pharmacological approaches that include mind/brain focused interventions (e.g., meditation, hypnosis), body-based approaches (e.g., acupuncture, massage, spinal manipulation/mobilization), meditative movement approaches (e.g., yoga, tai-chi, qigong), or some combination of these approaches.  More about the current Mind and Body Interventions supported by the NCCIH may be found at http://nccih.nih.gov/health/integrative-health.  

Modified to read as:  

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is committed to the rigorous investigation of Mind and Body Interventions to determine their safety and usefulness.   For the purposes of this FOA, Mind and Body Interventions are non-pharmacological approaches that include mind/brain focused interventions (e.g., meditation, hypnosis), body-based approaches (e.g., acupuncture, massage, spinal manipulation/mobilization), meditative movement approaches (e.g., yoga, tai-chi, qigong), or some combination of these approaches, as well as complex interventions (e.g. music or art approaches).  More about the current Mind and Body Interventions supported by the NCCIH may be found at http://nccih.nih.gov/health/integrative-health.

All other aspects of this FOA remain unchanged.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Telephone: 301-451-3989
Email: chenw@mail.nih.gov