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Funding News - Research on Ethical Issues in Human Studies Sought

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites grant applications to study ethical issues in human subjects research. This announcement is made together with 20 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). *

In pursuing NIH-funded human research, investigators and institutions must adhere to several general ethical principles including respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. Interpreting and applying these ethical principles, however, can present questions or dilemmas for investigators. The purpose of this program announcement is to support research on the ethical challenges of involving human participants in research.

Areas of research interest include studies to: access how features of the research and research setting affect evaluations of risks versus potential benefits of different types of research; identify potential social, psychological, and/or economic harms that may be associated with recruitment, participation, and self-determined or study-determined withdrawal from research; identify and evaluate strategies for protecting and minimizing disclosure of private information; determine how features of the informed consent process affect participants’ comprehension of and/or willingness to participate in research; and evaluate different methods and identify best-practice strategies for consulting with communities in the United States and/or other countries regarding comprehension, willingness to participate, and/or willingness to continue with research at the individual, group/community, and/or population level.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Barbara Radziszewska, Clinical Research Project Manager, Clinical Trials Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2216, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-496-2076; fax: 301-480-1080; e-mail:

*: For a full list of supporting NIH components and a more detailed description of this program announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: