Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), with other NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) soliciting applications to establish a Dissemination and Coordination Center (DCC) for a U24 Research Network on Behavioral and Social Science Ontology Development. DCC teams must include subject matter experts in one or more fields of behavioral or social science, ontology-related informatics and computational approaches, and Team Science or the Science of Science.
This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.
The FOAs are expected to be published in Spring 2023 with expected application due dates in Fall 2023.
The DCC supported through this initiative will have four primary responsibilities: 1) Coordinating and providing logistical support to facilitate collaboration and cross-U01 project learning; 2) Providing ontology-related technical, computational, and informatics expertise and support; 3) Facilitating dissemination of resources and training to support ontology expansion, development, and use; and 4) Providing active outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders to increase understanding of and demand for BSSR ontology-related tools and resources.
Tasks of the DCC are varied, and consequently it is expected that the team will include appropriate experience and expertise in such areas as: one or more BSSR sub-fields (see https://obssr.od.nih.gov/about/bssr-definition), biomedical informatics, knowledge representation languages and semantic web standards (such as OWL), statistics, computational modeling, team science and/or the science of science, scientific and health communications. Because ontologies should advance relevant knowledge for all populations, including those currently underrepresented in behavioral and social science research, teams should also include members with expertise on culturally-diverse behaviors and/or social determinants of (behavioral) health. Approaches and specific use cases of individual U01s are likely to vary. As such, the DCC should be prepared to bring on additional ad hoc or full-time staff or consultants after the network is established.
The DCC structure will be expected to encompass the following functions:
Based on available funds
Applications are not being solicited at this time.