The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a notice of an intent to publish a future funding opportunity of potential interest to psychological scientists.
This notice (NOT-OD-18-174) says that NIH intends to solicit applications for institutions interested in heading up behavioral sciences predoctoral training programs focusing on computational and/or data science approaches.
“The voluminous data environment resulting from diverse data sources will require complex analytical skills to derive rigorous scientific knowledge. The vision of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) Advanced Data Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) Training Program is to support the development of a pilot program cohort of specialized BSSR predoctoral candidates pursuing careers in health-related research who will possess advanced competencies in data science analytics,” reads the notice.
NIH estimates that this funding opportunity will be published in October 2018 and due in May 2019, but it advises that successful applicants for the award should begin planning now, as successful applications will require an integrative team.
“This funding opportunity announcement will require applicants to assemble an interdisciplinary team of scientific mentors to design and direct training programs. Applications must include mentors from relevant behavioral and social sciences research … disciplines such as psychology, sociology, or economics, as well as experts in computational or data science analysis approaches from relevant disciplines such as engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, statistics, or physics departments,” says the notice.
The notice is the result of a joint effort of many of NIH’s institutes and offices, including OBSSR, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Mental Health, and others.
NIH anticipates awarding 8 programs with grants of up to $300,000 each.
APS will share an update as soon as NIH releases the full funding opportunity announcement.