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Volume 12, Issue2February 1999

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  • NIMH Scientific Review Goes Public

    Public participants who have had experience with mental disorders will be included for time this year in scientific review groups at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), which, prompted by a recent report from the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC), is seeking to broaden the range of perspectives brought to the review of grant applications for treatment and services research. Under this new system, public participants–people who have experience with mental disorders either personally or as a family member, service provider, policy maker, or educator– would be included in the initial review undertaken by scientific review groups.

  • NIAAA to Award B/START Grants

    The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has launched a program of grants designed to support new behavioral science researchers during a critical early period in their career. Under its Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition (B/START-NIAAA) program, NIAAA will be accepting applications for small-scale, exploratory behavioral science research projects across a wide variety of behavioral factors in alcohol abuse, including neurocognitive, cognitive and perceptual processes and psychosocial influences such as, motivational, social and community factors in alcohol abuse. Both animal and human studies are encouraged.

  • New Review? It’s True!

    Behavioral science research is experiencing something of a pre-millennium milestone this month: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is launching a wholly revamped system for reviewing grant proposals from psychologists and other behavioral and social science researchers. Only time will tell what it means for the future of psychological science, but in the near term it is breathing new life into behavioral science at the $15 billion agency. The restructuring of behavioral science review was prompted largely by the transfer to NIH of the review systems of three of the leading supporters of psychology research grants.