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Funding News - Applications for Meetings and Networks for Methodological Development in Interdisciplinary Research Requested

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requests grant applications for meetings or networks to develop methodologies that will facilitate interdisciplinary health research among behavioral or social scientists and investigators in the biomedical, mathematical/computational or physical sciences, and/or engineering.

This request for applications (RFA) is an NIH Roadmap Initiative. The NIH Roadmap is an innovative approach to accelerate fundamental discovery and translate that knowledge into effective prevention strategies and new treatments. All NIH institutes and centers participate in Roadmap Initiatives.*

The purpose of this RFA is to stimulate the development of methods and measures in the behavioral or social sciences in order to more fully integrate the scientific approaches and advances in these disciplines into interdisciplinary research designed to solve complex health problems.

Examples of scientific meetings or networks for methodological development in interdisciplinary research might include, but are not limited to: gatherings of clinicians, behavioral science researchers, information technology specialists, psychometricians, regulators, and patient advocates to discuss how computer-based technology influences both patient-provider communication and decision-making and researcher knowledge; meetings of geneticists, behavioral researchers, and statisticians to develop methods for the analysis of gene-social environment interactions that influence physiological variables and health; and networks of demographers, ecologists, biologists, and geographic information systems experts to develop methods of examining how population processes and health interact with changes in the natural environment.

APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: April 26, 2004.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Deborah H. Olster, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH, One Center Drive, Room 256, Bethesda, MD 20892-1146; telephone: (301) 451-4286; fax: (301) 402-1150; e-mail: olsterd@od.nih.gov; or Dr. Audie A. Atienza, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, 6130 Executive Boulevard, EPN 4074A, Bethesda, MD 20892-7335; telephone: (301) 402-8426; fax: (301) 480-2087; e-mail: atienzaa@mail.nih.gov.

*For a more detailed description of this RFA, please visit the NIH web site at: http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-04-014.html. For more information on the NIH Roadmap, please visit the website at: http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/.