The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced new grant funding for research networks focusing on emotional well-being. These networks should focus on positive health outcomes across the lifespan, such as how to prevent and treat conditions of mental health symptoms, burnout, and stress in at-risk populations. More broadly, research enabled by these networks should further the scientific understanding of emotional well-being and ways that this research can help improve health.
Applications must propose networks that advance one to three high-priority research areas of special interest to NIH, which include:
(1) Ontology and measurement of emotional well-being
(2) Mechanistic research on the role of emotional well-being in health
(3) Biomarkers of emotional well-being
(4) Prevention research
(5) Technology for outcome measure development for mechanistic studies
(6) Development and validation of well-being measures
Grant proposals should contain activities that bring together leading researchers and scientists from across institutions and disciplines to develop priority areas for emotional well-being research. Grants should include plans for dissemination, pilot projects, collaboration, and articulation of milestones and progress evaluation.
Examples of network activities supported by this grant might include:
- Meetings to develop novel research areas and interact on the development of infrastructure
- Dissemination and outreach activities to draw researchers from relevant disciplines into the field
- Educational activities such as intensive summer institutes, series of workshops and related network activities, advanced seminars on methodology, or short-term residential opportunities
- Pilot projects to test and refine hypotheses generated through other network activities
Scientists interested in proposing a network to NIH should submit an optional letter of intent by March 22, 2020. Full applications are due April 22, 2020.