Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Digital healthcare interventions to address the secondary health effects related to social, behavioral, and economic impact of COVID-19 (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)
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Key Dates

Release Date:
June 04, 2020
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement:
June 20, 2020
First Estimated Application Due Date:
July 20, 2020
Earliest Estimated Award Date:
April 20, 2021
Earliest Estimated Start Date:
April 20, 2021
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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

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)

Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)


The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) with other ICs are issuing this Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement to promote new initiatives that will solicit applications to support research to determine the role and impact of digital health interventions [e.g., mobile health (mhealth), telemedicine and telehealth, health information technology (IT), wearable devices] to address secondary health effects of the social, behavioral, and economic changes following the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly among populations who experience health disparities and vulnerable populations.

This FOA will utilize the R01 activity code and academic researchers will be required to partner with digital health developers and/or existing well-established digital health delivery platforms to prepare and submit applications. This notice is provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive applications. Details of the planned FOAs are provided below.

This FOA is expected to be published in June 2020 with an expected application due date in July 2020.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages investigators to acquire and leverage partnerships with digital health developers and/or existing well-established digital health delivery platforms, to consider applying for research support that follows a deployment-focused model of services design and testing. Research areas supported under this program include: reach, access, engagement, and effectiveness to screen and treat health conditions at scale not possible through traditional healthcare settings, including for areas and populations where healthcare access may be limited or not utilized. Proposed research should reflect the highest impact, with rigorous methods including sufficient power, and consideration of urgent public health needs in the context of populations eligible for consideration under this effort. This FOA will require focus on health disparate and vulnerable populations.

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Expected Number of Awards
Estimated Award Ceiling

Application budgets are limited to $750,000 in direct costs per year for up to three years and need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

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Anticipated Eligible Organizations
Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private 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)
Regional Organization
Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government

Applications are not being solicited at this time.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Adam Haim, Ph.D
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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