FAQs for RFA-MH-12-100 – Dimensional Approaches to Research Classification in Psychiatric Disorders (R01)

Notice Number: NOT-MH-11-019

Key Dates
Release Date: September 9, 2011

Issued by
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


RFA-MH-12-100 invites applications related to the new NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project. The objective of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support “research grant applications designed to develop innovative ways of understanding mental disorders through classifying patients in clinical studies on the basis of experimental research criteria rather than traditional diagnostic categories.” Further, “Applications submitted in response to this FOA should be based upon RDoC criteria (see http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-funding/rdoc.shtml for the RDoC criteria developed to date).” The RDoC process involves a series of workshops designed to develop and articulate specified dimensional constructs within each of five domains, and applications submitted under this FOA must focus upon constructs that have been vetted through the workshop process.

To date, several questions have been submitted from various investigators about permissible research plans under the FOA. The purpose of this Notice is to advise potential applicants that a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page is available at the NIMH RDoC website; see http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-funding/rdoc/index.shtml.


Inquiries regarding this Notice may be directed to:

Michael Kozak, Ph. D.
Division of Adult Translation Research and Treatment Development
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7127, MSC 9625
Bethesda, MD 20892-9625
Telephone: (301) 443-6471
Email: kozakm@mail.nih.gov

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