Request for Information (RFI): NIMH Request for Brief Perspectives on the State of Mental Illness Research

Notice Number: NOT-MH-16-015

Key Dates
Release Date:  May 20, 2016
Response Date: June 30, 2016   

Related Announcements
None    

Issued by
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Purpose

Background

This Request for Information (RFI) invites brief perspectives on the state of mental illness research and the National Institute of Mental Health's role in the development of this research.  In preparation for the next NIMH Director, NIMH is seeking external input to develop briefing materials that will represent the full diversity of perspectives on mental illness research.

Information Requested

NIMH invites comments on the state of mental illness research and NIMH's role in the future development of this research.

This RFI seeks input from stakeholders from the scientific research community and the general public.  The NIMH seeks comments on any or all of, but not limited to, the following topics: 

  • basic neuroscience research
  • translational research
  • clinical research
  • intervention research
  • services research
  • Research Domain Criteria initiative (RDoC)
  • global mental health
  • translational biomarkers
  • diversity and training of the workforce
  • advocacy and outreach efforts
  • the Institute's intramural research efforts

Respondents should identify the category to which they are responding.  Comments may focus on current efforts, research gaps, or suggested investments in the selected category and/or on the ways that NIMH may have a greater impact on this area.

NIMH requests that respondents take the current NIMH Strategic Plan for Research (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/strategic-planning-reports/index.shtml) into consideration when providing comments on research directions and opportunities. The NIMH launched this plan in 2015 as a commitment to accelerate the pace of scientific progress by generating research over the subsequent 5 years.  

Comments should be concise and may not exceed 500 words per category in order to allow the inclusion of a variety of perspectives. Multiple submissions on different topic areas from the same individual are acceptable.  

NIMH welcomes feedback from investigators, investigator-sponsors, clinicians, advocates, and any other stakeholders who participate in or are otherwise invested in mental illness research. 

How to Submit a Response

All responses must be submitted electronically by June 30, 2016, via this web link: https://nimhrfi.nimh.nih.gov/portal/

This RFI is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the government.  The government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the government’s use of that information.

The NIMH will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion and will not provide comments to any responder's submission. The information provided will be analyzed, may appear in reports, and may be shared publicly on an NIH website. You will receive an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response, but you will not receive individualized feedback on your submission. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in your response. The government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s), policies or procedures.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Marlene J Guzman
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Email: Marlene.Guzman@nih.gov