Funding for Research in Health and Behavior

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has announced funding opportunities of potential interest to psychological scientists.

NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), in conjunction with several other NIH institutes, is looking to support efforts to conduct intensive longitudinal analysis of health behaviors, with a focus on leveraging new technologies to understand health behaviors. OBSSR aims to establish a network of 5 separate projects, and 1 research coordinating center, “to collaboratively study factors that influence key health behaviors in the dynamic environment of individuals, using intensive longitudinal data collection and analytic methods.”

Another set of opportunities of potential interest: NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has invited researchers to examine the impact of human-animal interaction on typical and atypical child development and health, evaluation of animal-assisted intervention for children and adults with disabilities, and effects of animals on public health. Researchers can apply for research project grants, small grants, or exploratory/developmental grants in this area.

Researchers interested in animals and psychological scientists may wish to read the November 2016 Observer cover story, “Science on the Wild Side.”


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