Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Limited Competition: NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory - Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
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Key Dates

Release Date:
August 25, 2021
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement:
September 15, 2021
First Estimated Application Due Date:
November 15, 2021
Earliest Estimated Award Date:
July 01, 2022
Earliest Estimated Start Date:
July 01, 2022
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Issued by

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

All applications to this funding opportunity announcement should fall within the mission of the Institutes/Centers. The following NIH Offices may co-fund applications assigned to those Institutes/Centers.

Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)


The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), with other NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs), intends to publish a Limited Competition Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for continuation of a Coordinating Center to provide national leadership for the NIH Health Care Systems (HCS) Research Collaboratory program. The Coordinating Center will 1) further develop, adapt, and adopt technical and policy guidelines and best practices for the effective conduct of research studies in partnership with health care systems; 2) work collaboratively with each Demonstration Project team supported through the Collaboratory program, including their partnering HCS, to develop, test, and implement the proposed Demonstration Projects while providing technical, design, and coordination support; 3) learn and disseminate the best strategies for engaging HCS as research partners to improve health and care delivery, with a particular focus on HCS with less historical involvement in research studies; and 4) learn, develop, and disseminate the best means of conducting pragmatic clinical trials in HCS to improve the scientific community’s ability to perform future pragmatic trials in a variety of healthcare contexts. The Coordinating Center will also serve as the central resource for the activities of the NIH HCS Research Collaboratory.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

The FOA is expected to be published in Summer 2021 with an expected application due date in Fall 2021.

This FOA will utilize the U24 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights in the conduct and technical support of pragmatic or implementation trials embedded in health care systems to begin to consider applying for this new FOA.

The Coordinating Center will also continue to serve as the central resource for the activities of the NIH HCS Research Collaboratory program, coordinating activities and providing administrative support for the Steering Committee and its subcommittees. As the national leader for the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory program in cooperation with NIH, the Program Director/Principal Investigator(s) of the Coordinating Center is expected to have broad experience in working collaboratively with a variety of health care systems in extracting health care data for research and in managing the related regulatory, ethical, and policy issues. The ability to work collaboratively with multiple communities while providing strong leadership is a requirement. In addition to a strong leader, the Coordinating Center must include individuals with broad experience and ability to communicate clearly with all relevant stakeholders and work to find common ground. Areas of research expertise needed include pragmatic and implementation science; health care systems; health disparities, and bioethics.

Funding Information
Estimated Total Funding

Issuing IC and partner components intend to commit an estimated total cost of a minimum of $1,525,000 and up to a maximum of $3,000,000 to fund one award.

Expected Number of Awards


Estimated Award Ceiling

Award budget of $1,525,000 total costs per year. The budget may increase to a maximum budget of up to $3,000,000 if additional trials are linked to the resources of the coordinating center, with an increase of $100,000 total costs for each extra trial an Institute or Center supports.

Primary Assistance Listing Number(s)


Anticipated Eligible Organizations
Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Small Business
For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)
State Government
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
County governments
Independent school districts
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization (Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
U.S. Territory or Possession
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)
Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government

Applications are not being solicited at this time. 


Please direct all inquiries to:

Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)


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