National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The NIMH intends to promote a new initiative through a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that will solicit applications for transdisciplinary research centers to support integrated programs of high-impact, practice-based research with near-term potential to address NIMH suicide prevention priorities and help achieve the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention goals of reducing the rate of suicide in the US.
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 August 2020 with an expected application due date in Fall, 2020.
This FOA will utilize the P50 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.
Acknowledging the reality that suicide rates have risen across all ages of U.S. citizens, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention set a goal of reducing the rate of suicide by 20% by 2025. Consistent with these goals, NIMH has prioritized suicide prevention research and intends to issue a FOA to invite applications for Practice-Based Suicide Prevention Research Centers as a key element of a prioritized agenda for research with near-term potential to facilitate this goal.
The Centers program provides a mechanism for maximizing synergies across various components of the mental health research ecosystem, including new discoveries in clinical research, transformative health care technologies, advances in information science, and new federal and state mechanisms for organizing suicide prevention services. The scope of science for these Centers spans interventions science (optimizing the effectiveness of therapeutic or preventive interventions) through services research (innovative strategies to improve access, engagement, coordination and quality of service delivery). These research Centers are intended to serve as catalysts for establishing practice-based, transdisciplinary suicide prevention research programs that substantially advance suicide prevention science and yield effective, scalable strategies and tools for identifying, preventing, and treating suicide risk.
The Center mechanism is intended to facilitate transdisciplinary projects that could not be achieved using standard research project grant mechanisms and to enable cohesive programs of practice-based suicide prevention research that are defined in terms of:
The Center approach is also intended to facilitate integrated research programs that simultaneously optimize and test scalable patient-, provider-, and systems- level interventions and service delivery approaches for intervening at key intercepts in the chain of care including:
Given the explicit focus on research with potential for near term impact, the funding opportunity will be based on the NIMH ALACRITY (“Advanced Laboratories for Accelerating the Reach and Impact of Treatments for Youth and Adults with Mental Illness”) Research Center Program. As such, the Centers are expected to incorporate ALACRITY features and best practices that are intended to speed the translation of research into practice, including:
While the scale and scope of the Center research projects might differ, these suicide prevention centers will follow the basic structure of the ALACRITY Center program, with Administrative and Methods Cores to cultivate and support Center collaborations and projects, pre-specified Research Projects, and resources to facilitate additional collaborations and future projects, including NIH research project applications. Centers will be expected to incorporate provisions for:
Finally, recognizing that advancing suicide prevention depends on a diversity of scientific perspectives and contributions from a diverse research workforce, these Centers are also expected to provide opportunities for new transdisciplinary collaborations and for research education and training for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early-career investigators, to help ensure a well-trained, diverse research workforce. NIMH strongly emphasizes the importance of including early-career and established scholars from diverse backgrounds.
This Notice encourages transdisciplinary teams of investigators with expertise and insights into suicide prevention to consider applying for this new FOA.
Applications are not being solicited at this time.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Joel Sherrill, Ph.D.