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NIH Funding for Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral Sciences

Recognizing the importance of behavioral factors in health and disease and the value of rigor and reproducibility in science, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a new funding opportunity announcement designed to support research on methodology and measurement in the behavioral and social sciences.

NIH is supporting research on methodology and measurement via the R21 grant mechanism, which is a two-year grant for exploratory or developmental research providing up to $275,000 in direct support.

According to NIH’s funding opportunity announcement, applicants are encouraged to propose research projects that address methodological issues related to:

  • Interdisciplinary, multimethod, and multilevel approaches that integrate with biomedical, physical, or computational science research
  • Integrating, mining, and modeling data in combination with genetic, epigenetic, biomarker, and imaging data
  • Research in and on diverse populations
  • The study of sensitive health-related behaviors in the context of healthcare, the social environment, and policy
  • Ethics in research

NIH encourages applicants to contact one of the many NIH Institutes or Centers participating in the funding announcement which matches the research focus of the proposed project before applying for funding. The participating Institutes and Centers are: Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Cancer Institute, National Eye Institute, National Institute on Aging, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Applications are due February 16, June 16, or October 16, 2018.

To read the full funding opportunity announcement, please click here.

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