The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) has announced funding for educational activities called “short courses” that enhance the development of skills in the behavioral and social sciences. According to OBSSR, this funding opportunity is available to educate scientists in cross-cutting methods that they might not have been exposed to in educational programs that are widely available.
“Short courses supported by this funding opportunity announcement should develop, evaluate, and disseminate education and training focused on innovative methods for behavioral and social sciences research,” says OBSSR in announcing the opportunity. “Methodological domains of focus include but are not limited to innovative data collection methodologies and analytic techniques, analysis and linking of big data, or needed but underutilized designs to advance research across the translational spectrum.”
According to OBSSR, the larger goal of the to-be-funded short courses is enhancing the capacity of the field across career stages and teaching integrative research methodologies and approaches that are widely applicable to behavioral science. Applicants should consider how to increase the reach and sustainability of their course, for instance, by teaching methods and models that apply to an audience that is broader than potential participants. OBSSR recommends developing courses that include ways for attendees to continue learning beyond the course, and expects applicants to assess and refine the training program throughout the grant period.
OBSSR and participating NIH institutes have set aside $1,000,000 annually for this opportunity, and will allow budgets of up to $200,000 per year per project funded.
Applications must include a description of course learning objectives, how the course will enhance the skills and abilities of attendees, and how the impact of learning will be measured. Applications are due on January 24, 2019.