New Funding Opportunities Supporting Behavior Change Research

The science of behavior change is a growing, integrative field seeking to address the important links between behavior and health. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NIH Common Fund Science of Behavior Change Program (SOBC) have recently announced a series of four funding opportunity announcements to support research on this important topic.

According to NIH, the overarching mission of the to-be-supported science of behavior change research is to:

Implement a mechanisms-focused, experimental medicine approach to behavior change research and to develop the assays required to implement such an approach. An experimental medicine approach involves four steps: 1) identifying putative intervention targets; 2) developing assays (measures) to permit verification of target engagement; 3) engaging the target through experimentation or intervention; and 4) testing the degree to which target engagement produces the desired behavior change.

Interested researchers should submit applications for these opportunities by December 5, 2017.

To learn more about a set of resources developed to support the science of behavior change, please visit the NIH Science of Behavior Change Research Network website.

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