Application due date: September 30, 2011
OppNet, NIH’s Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Opportunity Network, has released its first FY2012 funding opportunity:
It solicits Research Project Grant (R21) applications that propose to investigate the reciprocal interactions of the processes of sleep and circadian regulation and function with behavioral and social environment processes.
Sleep is a complex biological phenomenon essential to normal behavioral and social functioning, and optimal health. Despite its vital nature, the mechanisms by which social environment factors affect sleep behavior patterns have not been studied systematically, especially within the context of individual vulnerabilities and resilience. There is a need for greater understanding of the dynamic relationships between behavioral and social environment factors on the one hand and the basic mechanisms of sleep-wake and circadian regulation and function on the other. This FOA does not support research on, or development of, treatments or interventions for disorders of sleep or circadian rhythms.
All 24 NIH Institutes and Centers that fund research and four Program Offices within the NIH Office of the Director (ICOs) co-fund and co-manage OppNet. All OppNet initiatives invite investigators to propose innovative research that will advance a targeted domain of basic social and behavioral sciences and produce knowledge and/or tools of potential relevance to multiple domains of health- and lifecourse-related research. Applicants should understand that NICHD, the NIH IC that made this FOA available to the public on OppNet’s behalf, may not be the NIH Institute or Center that will manage a funded OppNet project. Instead, OppNet assigns funding and project management of meritorious applications to the NIH IC whose scientific mission most closely corresponds to that of the proposed research project.
OppNet uses NIH’s definition of basic behavioral and social science research (b-BSSR) to determine application responsiveness. Consequently, OppNet strongly encourages prospective investigators to consult this definition and OppNet’s answers to frequently asked questions about b-BSSR. See this FOA’s Scientific Contacts section for individuals with expertise in the research subject matter and the OppNet initiative.