Notice of NCCIH Participation in NOT-OD-18-149 "National Science Foundation - National Institutes of Health NSF-NIH Interagency Initiative: Smart and Connected Health"

Notice Number: NOT-AT-18-012

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Release Date: April 12, 2018

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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)


The purpose of this Notice is to inform potential applicants that the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is participating, effective immediately, in NOT-OD-18-149 "National Science Foundation - National Institutes of Health NSF-NIH Interagency Initiative: Smart and Connected Health"

The following changes have been made to NOT-OD-18-149 (shown in italics) to reflect NCCIH?s participation in the National Science Foundation's Program Solicitation.

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Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)


Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have identified Smart and Connected Health as a program focus. The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is the development of technologies, analytics and models supporting next generation health and medical research through high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering and technology, behavior, cognition, robotics and imaging. Collaborations between academic, industry, and other organizations are strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science, medicine and healthcare practice and technology development, deployment and use. This solicitation is aligned with previous reports by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and others calling for new partnerships to facilitate major changes in health and medicine, as well as healthcare delivery and is aimed at the fundamental research to enable these changes. Realizing the promise of disruptive transformation in health, medicine and healthcare will require well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary approaches that draw from the computer and information sciences, engineering, social, behavioral, and economic sciences, medical and health research and biology.

The following will be considered in response to NSF's solicitation NSF-18-541:

  • Integrative Projects: Multi-disciplinary teams spanning 2 to 4 years and may receive NIH support from $300,000 total costs per year.

Scientists and engineers from all disciplines are encouraged to participate.

Application submission is through the National Science Foundation via solicitation NSF-18-541. Following a jointly conducted initial peer review of these applications, likely NIH awardees applications will be forwarded for NIH processing. The general interests of the participating NIH Institute organizations are outlined below:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
NCCIH is committed to the rigorous investigation of complementary and integrative health approaches, which include mind and body approaches such as meditation, hypnosis, acupuncture, massage, spinal manipulation/mobilization, yoga, tai-chi, qigong, and music and art therapy, and natural products such as botanicals, probiotics, dietary supplements, and special diet to determine their usefulness, safety and biological mechanisms. Through this FOA, NCCIH is particularly interested in research that advances technologies, analytics, and models of these complementary and integrative health approaches for the following applications:
  • pain management
  • improving sleep and reducing sleep disturbances
  • reducing symptomatic conditions, such as those associated with menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • improving management of mental health conditions commonly managed in primary care such as mild to moderate depression or anxiety
  • adopting and sustaining healthy behaviors such as healthy eating, smoking cessation, and physical activity
  • promoting emotional well being


Please direct all inquiries to:

Merav Sabri, PhD
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Telephone: 301-496-2583