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Funding News - Research Sought on Ethical Issues in Human Subjects Research

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) encourages applications for research on ethical issues in human subjects research. This announcement is made together with 16 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is supported by 3 grant funding mechanisms: R03, R21, and R01.*

Recent developments in biomedical and behavioral research-which include the rapid growth of new interventions and technologies, increasing involvement of foreign populations in human subjects research, and concerns about financial conflicts of interest among researchers-challenge the ability of investigators to interpret and apply the regulations. Other situations may present difficulties for identifying strategies, procedures, and/or techniques that will enhance or ensure the ethical involvement of human subjects in research. Thus, research on ethical issues in human subjects research is necessary to enhance interpretation and application of ethical principles and regulatory requirements.

Topics of research interest include, but are not limited to: assessing risks in human subjects research; issues in informed consent; international research; study design in clinical trials and its relationship to medical care; research oversight: IRBs, DSMBs, and COI committees; research with specimens and data; and dissemination of research findings.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Ms Joanne Odenkirchen, MPH, Clinical Research Project Manager, Clinical Trials Group, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2178, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-496-3104; fax: 301-480-1080; e-mail:

*For a full list of supporting NIH components and a more detailed description of this announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: (R03), (R21), or (R01).