Notice of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcements for Music and Health: Understanding And Developing Music Medicine (R01)
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Key Dates

Release Date:
August 19, 2020
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement:
November 01, 2020
First Estimated Application Due Date:
February 05, 2021
Earliest Estimated Award Date:
September 01, 2021
Earliest Estimated Start Date:
September 01, 2021
Related Announcements

PAR-20-266 - Promoting Research on Music and Health: Phased Innovation Award for Music Interventions (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)

Issued by

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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.

Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)


Purpose: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and other NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) including the National Institute on Aging, National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institute of Nursing, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and National Endowment for the Arts intend to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for research to: (1) increase our understanding of how music affects the brain when it is used therapeutically and/or (2) use that knowledge to better develop evidence-based music interventions to enhance health or treat specific diseases and disorders. Proposed R01 projects could also focus on the development or refinement of specific musical interventions relevant to the participating institutes, agencies, and offices. When appropriate, collaborations among basic researchers, technology developers, music intervention experts, or other clinical researchers are highly encouraged.

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 Fall 2020 with an expected application due date in Winter 2021.

This FOA will utilize the R01 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

Music has the remarkable ability to ameliorate the symptoms of a broad range of disorders that occur throughout the lifespan, deliver palliative care during serious advanced illness, and improve recovery from a variety of neurological disorders. Music can clearly act as an effective medicine, but its mechanistic underpinnings are poorly understood.

Recent scientific breakthroughs, including the development of new technologies, are providing the community with opportunities to understand the mechanisms through which music acts, and to develop new music interventions for a variety of human conditions. In 2016, the NIH, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (KC), and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) formed a collaborative partnership (Sound Health) with the goal of understanding the healing abilities of music and use them more effectively and broadly.

The upcoming Program Announcement with Special Review (PAR) will accept R01 applications and is intended to support studies with a strong scientific foundation and potentially strong impact on advancing the science of music and health. All proposed projects must be within the mission and interests of the participating institutes, offices and agencies. A companion R21 PAR will be issued which encompasses a similar therapeutic focus but will emphasize exploratory projects which may be more high risk and high payoff. Additionally, NICCH reissued an RFA (PAR-20-266) utilizing a phased R61/R33 mechanism to support research that can best be facilitated through milestone-driven awards on music and health geared towards music intervention.

This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights into this area of neuroscience and music medicine to begin to consider applying for this new FOA. In addition, collaborative investigations between neuroscientists, neurologists, music intervention experts and clinical researchers will be encouraged. Among the areas of research encouraged in this initiative are research examining the mechanisms that underlie the effects of music and music therapy on the brain, as well as research designed to improve the translation of existing knowledge of strategies for the prevention and treatment of diseases and disorders within the mission of the participating institutes, agencies and offices.

Funding Information
Estimated Total Funding

The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

Expected Number of Awards


Estimated Award Ceiling


Primary CFDA Numbers
Anticipated Eligible Organizations
Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)
Small Business

Applications are not being solicited at this time. 


Please direct all inquiries to:

Robert Riddle
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
(301) 496-5745

Coryse St. Hillaire-Clarke, Ph.D.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Telephone: 301-827-6944

Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Telephone: 301-451-3989

Yolanda F. Vallejo, Ph.D.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Telephone: 301-827-4655

Lynn Adams, Ph.D.
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Telephone: 301-594-8911

Mi Hillefors, M.D., Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Telephone: 301-443-2738

Dana M. Greene-Schloesser, Ph.D.
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
Phone: 301-451-3975

Cheri Wiggs, Ph.D. .
National Eye Institute (NEI) .
Telephone: (301) 451-2020 .

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