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Funding News - Behavioral Economics and Comparative Effectiveness Research

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NINDS requests applications for clinical trials that use the principles of behavioral economics to enhance the uptake of the results of comparative effectiveness research (CER) among healthcare providers.

This announcement is an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, initiative and is made together with the Agencyfor Healthcare Research and Quality and 4 other NIH components.  ARRA is a unique effort to jumpstart the U.S. economy.

CER holds significant promise to improve healthcare quality and potentially lower costs.  Knowledge of which procedures and treatments are effective, when compared to others, may not be sufficient to change critical provider practices and crucial patient behaviors.  Generally, both providers and patients respond to incentives and disincentives to change their behaviors, but to date, efforts to create incentives for the uptake of CER have had only modest success.  This funding opportunity seeks applications that will investigate whether the principles of behavioral economics could enhance the uptake of CER results among healthcare providers and thus improve the health of patients.

Application Due Date:  April 7, 2010

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Jonathan W. King, Division of Behavioral and Social Research, NIA; telephone:  301-402-4156; email:; or Dr. Bill Encinosa, Center for Delivery, Organization and Markets, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; telephone:  301-427-1437; email:  For more information visit