The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) requests applications for research on the role of stigma in health, and on how to prevent or mitigate its negative effects on the health and welfare of individuals, groups, and societies worldwide. This announcement is made together with 12 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)/Institute of Neurosciences Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) with the International Development Research Center (IDRC).*
The goals of this request for applications (RFA) are to encourage research across a variety of scientific disciplines including the biomedical, social, and behavioral sciences; to clarify the cause of stigma in public health; and to develop and test interventions to lessen the negative effects of stigma on health outcomes.
Areas of potential research interest include: the role of stigma in specific public health problems, diseases, or disorders, and its implications for issues from etiology to interventions and public policy; the implications of stigma for access to care and treatment, and how stigma affects outcomes across health conditions; systematic studies to determine psychological, social, economic, cultural, and political factors that operate in the creation of stigma and how they link to stereotypes, discrimination, and mistreatment in the context of health problems and health care systems; development of tools to study and document stigma and its impact on accurate determination of incidence and prevalence of health conditions, and to estimate the risk for over- or under-diagnosis as a result of stigma-related influences; evaluation of which interventions work for stigma-related health problems, the characteristics of successful interventions that can be scaled up or generalized to other stigmatized public health problems and/or to other populations and cultures; the role of disclosure of disease in an individual's personal or professional life and its relationship to perceived stigma; and identification of methods to minimize (or eliminate) the consequences of stigma/stigmatization on the recognition and diagnosis of health conditions and on options for treatment and/or rehabilitation.
APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: November 14, 2002.
For more information, potential applicants should contact Margaret Jacobs, Program Director, Channels, Synapses, and Circuits Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2138, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-496-1917; fax: 301-480-2424; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*For a full list of supporting NIH components and a more detailed description of this RFA, please visit the NIH web site at: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-03-001.html.