The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications on methodology and measurement in the behavioral and social sciences. This announcement is made together with 15 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). *
Methodology and measurement issues include the processes that underlie research design, data collection and analysis techniques, and measurement in behavioral and social science research. The goal of this program announcement is to encourage research that will improve the quality and scientific power of data collected in these fields of study.
Potential topics of research interest include: conceptual design strategies appropriate for the study of culture; designs to improve causal inference from non-experimental research; research addressing the efficacy of multilevel designs; methods for improving the design and evaluation of community-based research and intervention trials; conceptual, methodological, and ethical issues in designing studies that use different sources of information; measurement issues in using technology such as computer-assisted data collection and web-based technology; development of instruments that assess not only degree of change, but also rate and variable direction of change; techniques for collecting contextual data; issues surrounding the collection of self-reported data from different settings, collection methods, and parties, and the use of implicit and explicit measures; development of research designs, sampling techniques, and statistical methods for studies that involve populations that are small or difficult to access; research to improve the analysis of longitudinal data; and statistical procedures for accurately estimating multilevel models.
For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Program Director, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2109, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-496-9964; fax: 301-402-2060; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*: For a full list of supporting NIH components and a more detailed description of this program announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-072.html.