This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to continue support for a Resource and Coordinating Center (RCC) for the NIH Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) program, which was supported for the past ten years by the NIH Common Fund. The goal of the RCC will be to lead, participate in, and support activities that will maximize the creativity, productivity, scientific rigor, and dissemination of SOBC products and approaches to meaningfully impact health behaviors.
Applicants should propose activities that include the following:
- Expansion of the SOBC Measures Repository through input from the broader research community and transition of the repository to a self-sustaining, publicly available resource
- Support of activities that bring together basic and applied/clinical researchers to promote discovery and improve measurement of mechanisms of change
- Outreach and dissemination of use-oriented basic research, the experimental medicine approach, and other mechanisms-focused approaches to behavior change science, and technical assistance in their application to encourage adoption and awareness of tools and advances in these areas
- Collaboration and integration of the mechanistic approach of SOBC with other related and important efforts in the behavior change field
- Conduct and support of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of existing behavior change and measurement research to:
- support the development of clearly defined vocabularies and taxonomies, elucidating relationships across constructs and between constructs and measures
- to generate testable hypotheses concerning potential putative intervention targets, differential response of individuals to treatment, and estimates of intervention efficacy and effectiveness
- Engagement with national and international scientific organizations to promote further advances in mechanisms-focused behavior change science
This U24 cooperative agreement initiative is administered by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) but includes extensive participation and funding contributions from a coalition of Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Letter of Intent Due Date(s): September 23, 2019
- Application Due Date(s): October 23, 2019
RFA-AG-20-024 Expiration Date October 24, 2019