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Funding News - Research Sought on Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) encourages grant applications for research on methodology and measurement in the behavioral and social sciences. This announcement is made together with 12 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is supported by 2 grant funding mechanisms: R21 and R03.*

Methodology and measurement encompass research design, data collection, measurement, and data analysis. The goal of this announcement is to encourage research that will improve the quality and scientific power of data collected in the behavioral and social sciences, relevant to the missions of NIH.

Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, methodology and measurement issues: in developing innovative interdisciplinary, multi-method, and multilevel research designs for use in behavioral and social science research, with special emphasis on both developing new technologies and addressing the analytical complexities associated with the integration of behavioral, social, and biological data; in research relating to diverse populations, for example, populations that are distinctive by virtue of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture, including culture-specific medical systems, socio-economic status, literacy, language, or disability; in studying how dramatic changes in economic, social, environmental, physical, or political context affect human health and well-being, including developing new methods if older ones are no longer valid in the face of significant changes in populations and societies over the last several decades; in studying potentially sensitive behaviors, such as sexual behavior and abortion, and covert or illegal behaviors such as drug use, abuse, and violence; and concerning ethics in research, with emphasis on the topics of informed consent, assessment of risk and benefit, selection and retention of subjects, and ensuring subjects' confidentiality.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Deborah Olster, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH, Building 31, Room B3237, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-402-1147; 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:, or