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Expiration Date: Thursday, May 8, 2025FOA Number: PAR-22-109Release Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022Announcement Type: PAR
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support studies that will identify, develop, and/or test strategies for overcoming barriers to the adoption, adaptation, integration, scale-up, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, practices, programs, tools, treatments, guidelines, and policies. Studies that promote equitable dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions among underrepresented communities are encouraged. Conversely, there is a benefit in understanding circumstances that create a need to stop or reduce (de-implement) the use of practices that are ineffective, unproven, low-value, or harmful. In addition, studies to advance dissemination and implementation research methods and measures are encouraged. All applications must be within the scope of the mission of one of the Institutes/Centers listed above.
Expiration Date: Monday, September 8, 2025FOA Number: PAR-22-106Release Date: Monday, May 9, 2022Announcement Type: PAR
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support studies that will identify, develop, and/or test strategies for overcoming barriers to the adoption, adaptation, integration, scale-up, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, practices, programs, tools, treatments, guidelines, and policies. Studies that promote equitable dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions among underrepresented communities are encouraged. Conversely, there is a benefit in understanding circumstances that create a need to stop or reduce (de-implement) the use of practices that are ineffective, unproven, low-value, or harmful. In addition, studies to advance dissemination and implementation research methods and measures are encouraged. All applications must be within the scope of the mission of one of the Institutes/Centers listed above.
Expiration Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022FOA Number: RFA-NS-22-060Release Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022Announcement Type: RFA
There is an urgent need for more research to establish best practices in the pain management field, however, there is a limited workforce pipeline of pain researchers to meet NIHs long-term goals of providing effective non-opioid options for the treatment of pain conditions and better pain management overall. The Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) has identified the workforce problem as a barrier for new pain research, and has identified factors that contributed to it such as barriers to entry into the field of pain research that have constricted growth high departure rate of senior investigators and mentors. The IPRCC also identified a need for more structured opportunities for early-stage investigators to learn from and be mentored by experienced investigators. The pain management field has further recognized that basic, translational, and clinical researchers do not regularly collaborate when developing grant applications. If pain management researchers across all disciplines were to work together, it would enhance the innovation, relevance, and practical application of pain management research. To support the NIH HEAL Initiatives response supporting new investigators, promoting multidisciplinary collaborations among pain researchers, and identifying innovate treatments to manage pain, this FOA invites applications for the Coordinating Center for National Pain Scientists (CCNPS). The CCNPS will be a central facilitator for integrating training and mentoring across a network of mentors and early-stage investigators funded by NIH (e.g., NIH trainees, NIH fellows, and Career Development Awardees). The main purpose of the CCNPS is to enhance the training experience of new pain researchers across the continuum of basic, translational, and clinical research and create a vast network of NIH-funded pain researchers to promote multidisciplinary collaborations in pain research. The CCNPS will create and run a coordination center to connect NIH-fund
Expiration Date: Saturday, July 30, 2022FOA Number: PAR-22-146Release Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022Announcement Type: PAR
This FOA solicits Research Education Grant (R25) applications to develop and implement a short course focused on (1) steps required for successful medical device development, translation, and commercialization (2) common technical and strategic challenges, and (3) best-practices and resources for each stage in the process. Applicants may choose to include an extended mentorship plan if they see fit. The short course should address a broad audience, including senior post-doctoral fellows, independent academic researchers, clinician scientists, and small business entrepreneurs interested in developing, translating, and/or commercializing medical devices to diagnose or treat a nervous system disorder.
Research Category: HealExpiration Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2023FOA Number: RFA-NS-22-052Release Date: Friday, April 22, 2022Announcement Type: RFA

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is part of a suite of FOAs to support the development of safe, effective, and non-addictive therapeutics to treat pain. The goal of this FOA is to support team-based research projects to develop assays, screening and early optimization work to develop a non-addictive therapeutic to treat pain. Discovery and validation of pharmacodynamic markers efficacy and pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) studies are also responsive. The result of the project should be to advance a hit or lead to the point where they can meet the entry criteria for RFA-NS-21-010 HEAL Initiative: Non-addictive Analgesic Therapeutics Development [Small Molecules and Biologics] to Treat Pain (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional) within the 5 years of the award. Applications should propose a plan that will lead to the development of analgesics with a rigorous biological rationale and scientifically sound assays. If the data does not currently exist, the proposal must include a strong plan for developing data linking the putative therapeutic target(s) to the proposed pain indication and supporting the hypothesis that altering the target activity will produce desirable outcomes for the disease. This FOA is not specific for any one or group of pain conditions. Projects to develop therapeutics for acute pain, chronic pain, painful neuropathy, musculoskeletal pain, headache disorders, osteoarthritis, diabetic neuropathy, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, eye pain, sickle-cell pain, post-surgical pain, cancer pain, visceral pain, obstetric pain, gynecologic pain, post stroke pain, myofascial pain, painful disorders of the orofacial region and other conditions will be considered.

Expiration Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2025FOA Number: PAR-22-142Release Date: Monday, April 18, 2022Announcement Type: PAR
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage grant applications for investigator-initiated exploratory clinical trials to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The trials must address questions within the mission and research interests of the NINDS and may include Phase 1 and 2 studies of drugs and biologics, feasibility studies of devices, and early studies of surgical, behavioral or rehabilitation therapies. All exploratory trials must contribute to the justification for and provide some of the data required to inform a future trial to establish efficacy (such as a Phase 3, Phase 4 or Pivotal trial). This FOA uses the UG3/UH3 mechanism. Only projects that provide satisfactory progress in the UG3 phase may move to the UH3 phase, as outlined below. For a drug, biologic or device that has not completed a Phase 1/Early Feasibility trial: The UG3 mechanism will be used to plan and execute the Phase I trial(s). If Phase 1 trials are successful, the UG3 will also include the planning phase of a Phase 2 trial. The UH3 mechanism will then support the execution of the Phase 2 clinical trial. Transition to the UH3 will depend on successfully reaching agreed upon milestones. For a drug, biologic or device that has successfully completed the Phase 1/Early Feasibility trial(s), do not use this FOA. Instead use the Companion FOA XXX. For genetic studies, do not use this FOA. Instead, use FOA XXX.
Research Category: small businessExpiration Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2024FOA Number: RFA-OD-22-008Release Date: Friday, April 8, 2022Announcement Type: RFA

The NIH INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE (INCLUDE) Project seeks to improve health and quality-of-life for individuals with Down syndrome. This FOA is intended to support meritorious small research projects focused on analyses of genomics other -omics, clinical and phenotypic datasets related to Down syndrome research, with an emphasis on elucidating the underlying etiologies of risk and resiliencies to co-occurring health conditions. Development of approaches, tools, or algorithms appropriate for analyzing data relevant to Down syndrome and facilitating data sharing within the research community through the INCLUDE Data Hub may also be proposed.

Expiration Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022FOA Number: RFA-OD-22-011Release Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2022Announcement Type: RFA
The NIH Office of the Director intends to support a Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Tribal Data Repository (RADx TDR) for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) data collected from projects supported by the RADx initiative. The RADx TDR data will allow better understanding of the impact of COVID-19, support research to better inform and develop policies to address current and future pandemics, and support and promote researchers, including AI/AN researchers.
Expiration Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2024FOA Number: RFA-OD-22-009Release Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022Announcement Type: RFA
The NIH INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE (INCLUDE) Project seeks to improve health and quality-of-life for individuals with Down syndrome. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is soliciting Transformative Research Award applications to support individual scientists or groups of scientists proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original, and/or unconventional research that has the potential to create new scientific paradigms, establish entirely new and improved clinical approaches, or develop transformative technologies related to Down syndrome. For the program to support the best possible researchers and research, applications are sought which reflect the full diversity of the nations research workforce. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups and from the full spectrum of eligible institutions in all geographic locations are strongly encouraged to apply to this Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applications are welcome in all topics relevant to Down syndrome-related research or its co-occurring conditions. No preliminary data are required. Projects must clearly demonstrate, based on the strength of the logic, a compelling potential to produce a major impact in research related to Down syndrome.
Expiration Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2024FOA Number: RFA-OD-22-010Release Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022Announcement Type: RFA
The NIH INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE (INCLUDE) Project seeks to improve health and quality-of-life for individuals with Down syndrome. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Exploratory/Developmental Phased Innovation (R61/R33) grant applications to support development of clinical trials to treat critical and co-occurring health conditions in individuals with Down syndrome. The proposed research aims should be milestone-driven. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this FOA may not exceed five years. This FOA provides support for up to two years (R61 phase) for preliminary/developmental/planning studies, followed by possible transition to clinical trial support (R33) of up to three years, although the total duration of the award may not exceed five years. This FOA requires measurable R61 milestones.
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