NIH Research Opportunities Related to COVID-19

Top psychological science funders offer opportunities to revise grants to study COVID-19

In response to the rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, institutes within the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have issued Notices of Special Interest (NOSI) designed to allow researchers to apply their existing NIH research grants to COVID-19 research. These NOSIs offer competitive revision and administrative supplement opportunities which differ in scope and research area depending on the issuing institute; they allow researchers across all fields, including psychological science, to contribute their expertise and research projects to the growing body of COVID-19 research.

As an example, the National Institute on Aging (NIA)’s notice of special interest is titled, “NIA Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019.” According to NIA, those applying for this opportunity should propose studying a COVID-related research area of interest to NIA, for example studies of prevention practices (hand washing, social distancing) and factors that influence adherence, how social distancing impacts care and wellbeing of vulnerable populations, or longitudinal studies examining the economic, institutional and social impacts of COVID-related changes. Other NIA interests include studies of neurological and neurocognitive symptoms in COVID-19 in older adults and studies of the mechanisms that underlie the SARS-CoV-2 neurological symptoms in older adults.

Below are additional opportunities for psychological scientists who currently hold NIH grants to apply for competitive revision and administrative supplement funding to study COVID-19.

Want to learn more about COVID-19’s implications for funding agencies? Visit APS’s Grant Policy Changes for Psychological Science Funders page to learn about how science agencies around the world are responding to the crisis.  

Please visit NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research website to view a compilation of these opportunities and additional information of potential interest to psychological scientists. 

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