Notice Number: NOT-OD-20-076
Release Date: February 27, 2020
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: March 31, 2020
First Estimated Application Due Date: March 17, 2021
Earliest Estimated Award Date: September 01, 2021
Earliest Estimated Start Date: September 24, 2021
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)
The NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet), with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to invite applications from investigators who strive to expand their research trajectories through the acquisition of new knowledge and skills in the areas of basic psychological processes, sociological processes, and/or biomedical pathways—expertise that is beyond and enhances their current areas of expertise. The program will support career development experiences and a small-scale research project that will provide experienced investigators with the scientific competencies required to conduct independent research projects that more thoroughly investigate interrelationships among behavioral, biological, endocrine, epigenetic, immune, inflammatory, neurological, psychological, and/or social processes. Eligible candidates are independent investigators at mid-career faculty rank or level.
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 Spring 2020 with an expected application due date in Spring 2021.
This FOA will utilize the K18 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.
This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights into the areas of behavioral, biological, endocrine, epigenetic, immune, inflammatory, neurological, psychological, and/or social processes to begin to consider applying for this new FOA.
As this K18 program expects applicants to propose collaborative research projects that will complement their current capabilities, prospective applicants are encouraged to begin exploring potential research collaborations.
Among the areas of research encouraged in this initiative are projects that examine the underlying mechanisms and processes that inform health behaviors through deepened understanding of basic social-behavioral mechanisms and processes, and enhanced synergies in biopsychosocial processes that influence outcomes in health, illness, recovery, and overall wellbeing. OppNet strives to ensure that proposed projects focus primarily on basic social, behavioral, and biopsychosocial sciences and acknowledges that disease-, risk-, and wellness-contexts can provide opportunities to study basic behavioral or social processes, basic biobehavioral or biosocial interrelationships, or relevant methodology and measurement.
NIH will contribute 6-9 person months per year toward the salary of the career award recipient. Further guidance on budgeting for career development salaries is provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. See also NOT-OD-17-094.
NIH will contribute $35,000 per year toward the research development costs of the award recipient, which must be justified and consistent with the stage of development of the candidate and the proportion of time to be spent in research or career development activities.
Salary for mentors, secretarial and administrative assistants, etc. is not allowed.
Anticipated Eligible Organizations
Please direct all inquiries to: