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Nih funding opportunities for economists

NIH Funding Opportunitiesfor Economists

C-FARE Session

AAEA Annual MeetingMontreal

July 26, 2003

Rachel A. Nugent, Ph.D.

Fogarty International Center

National Institutes of Health

Overview of presentation
Overview of Presentation

  • Opening the black box: what is NIH?

  • Why consider applying for funding at NIH?

  • What to do before applying

  • After you apply

  • Opportunities for economists at NIH

  • Contact me with questions

Why apply for funding at nih

Why apply for funding at NIH?

New emphasis on social and behavioral research

Increase in inter-disciplinary research

$2.5 billion in behavioral and social science research throughout NIH

How nih grant funding works
How NIH grant funding works

  • 80% investigator-initiated proposals

    • Three deadlines per year on a revolving basis

    • Fixed receipt dates: Feb 1, June 1, Oct 1

  • 20% respond to solicitations: PAs and RFAs

  • Referred to appropriate IC and peer reviewed

  • IC determines funding line

Main types of research grants for investigators
Main types of research grants for investigators:

  • R01 - Research Project Grant

  • R03 - Small Grant

  • R21 – Planning Grant

  • K01 – Research Career Development Award

Special funding initiatives
Special funding initiatives:

RFA: Request for Applications

PA: Program Announcement

  • How NIH asks researchers to consider certain topics or areas

  • Also how NIH notifies researchers that funding mechanisms (e.g., R03s) are available

Is it worth the effort
Is it worth the effort?

  • True, NIH is very competitive

  • Grant applications are demanding

  • Most senior NIH researchers failed initially, but eventually succeeded

  • But, you control the science

  • NIH support is generous and prestigious

Things to do before applying
Things to do before applying

  • Identify target IC and relevant program staff

  • Get advice from program staff about research plan and funding mechanisms

  • Review the website for:

    • Research recently funded

    • Current RFAs and PAs

    • Information for applicants


Computer Retrieval of Information on ScientificProjects Database of federally-funded biomedical research

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH),

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA),

  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA),

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP),

  • Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ),

  • Office of Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH).

Use crisp to
Use CRISP to:

  • Search for scientific concepts, emerging trends and techniques

  • Search for funded grant abstracts

  • Find NIH institutes interested in your area

  • Find the NIH study section that reviews applications in your research area

Nih funding opportunities for economists




Nih funding opportunities for economists



Watch for the GUIDE in a later slide

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Nih funding opportunities for economists



Nih funding opportunities for economists



Nih funding opportunities for economists



Nih funding opportunities for economists

Do more digging
Do more digging

  • Find NIH grantees and ask them for:

    • Successful applications

    • Successful summary statements

    • Unsuccessful summary statements

    • “Summary statement” is the written critique from the peer review, called “pink sheet”

Additional preparation cont
Additional preparation (cont.)

  • Work with a researcher who has been through the NIH process

  • Choose the right topic

    • Something you know

    • Something you are recognized for

    • Don’t go beyond what you can do

Study the study section
Study the “study section”

  • Look up the rosters of recent study sections:

    • Center for Scientific Review

    • IC-specific Divisions of Scientific Review

  • Ascertain what study section will review your proposal

  • Talk to the program officer about the study section if you have any concerns

Nih review system
NIH Review System

  • What do the reviewers want to determine?


  • What does the IC want to determine?


  • Who reviews?

    • Center for Scientific Review

    • Institutes’ own review panels

    • Special Emphasis Panel

How does the application flow through the system
How Does the Application Flow Through the System?

  • Comes into CSR


    applications per year


    pieces of paper

Panel make up
Panel-Make Up

  • Scientific Review Administrator (SRA)

  • Chairperson

  • Panel Members

  • First, second and third reviewers

Review funding decision and after
Review, funding decision, and after

  • Wait for your priority score and summary statement

  • Contact the program officer with questions

  • If unsuccessful, consider an appeal or reapplication

  • If successful, fulfill ALL your promises, stay in touch with your program officer

Human subject concerns
Human Subject Concerns


  • Federal Wide Assurance (FWA)

  • The Federal Policy (Common Rule) for the protection of human subjects at Section 103(a) requires that each institution "engaged" in Federally-supported human subject research file an "Assurance" of protection for human subjects. The requirement to file an Assurance includes both "awardee" and collaborating "performance site" institutions.

What s inside the black box for economists
What’s inside the black box for economists?

  • National Institute for Child Health and Development

  • National Institute on Aging

  • Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research/OD

  • Fogarty International Center

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

  • National Institute of Mental Health

Nichd demographic and behavioral sciences branch
NICHD: Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch

  • Economist: Jeff Evans, Ph.D.

    • Economic Demography

    • Intergenerational Transactions

Nichd cont
NICHD (cont.)

  • Demographer: Rebecca Clark, Ph.D.

    • Population and environment

    • Immigration

    • Population movement

    • Demographic Methods

Nia behavioral and social research
NIA: Behavioral and Social Research

  • Associate Director: Richard Suzman, Ph.D.

    • Individual Behavioral Processes

    • Population and Social Processes

      • Demography and Epidemiology

      • Health and Retirement

      • Health and Social Institutions

Obssr behavioral and social science research
OBSSR: Behavioral and Social Science Research

  • Chief: Virginia Cain, Ph.D.

    • Methodology and Measurement in Social Science (PA-02-072)

    • Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health (PA-02-043)

Fogarty international center nih
Fogarty International Center, NIH

Mission:Promote and support scientific research and training internationally to reduce disparities in global health.

“Science for Global Health”

Fogarty international center
Fogarty International Center

  • International Studies in Health and Economic Development (ISHED)

  • Health, environment and economic development (HEED)

  • International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) K01

International studies in health and economic development
International Studies in Health and Economic Development

  • Purpose: R01 research grants to examine and establish the scientific basis for linkages between health and economics; including microeconomic behavior, health systems analysis, health financing, macroeconomic impacts and measures

International studies in health and economic development1
International Studies in Health and Economic Development

  • 11 research grants in FY 2001-2005, 5 full awards and 6 development awards

  • Examining links between health and economic outcomes

  • 4 of the full awards examine impacts of nutrition on cognitive and economic outcomes

Ished cont
ISHED (cont.)

  • 3 awards examining impact of HIV/AIDS on economic outcomes

  • Other studies looking at impacts of iron supplementation, micronutrient deficiency and education intervention on multiple physical and economic pathways

Health environment and economic development heed
Health, Environment and Economic Development (HEED)

Objective: support interdisciplinary, international research collaborations on the linkages among health, environment, and development in developing countries

Nih funding opportunities for economists

Over 800 million people in the world are food insecure.

Over 1 million people die each year from work-related diseases and injuries.

Nih funding opportunities for economists

By 2006, more than 50% of the world’s population will live in urban areas.

Children in mega-cities receive 2-8 times WHO guidelines for air pollutants.

Nih funding opportunities for economists

2-3.5 billion people in urban developing countries rely on traditional fuels for cooking and heating.

Program highlights

Health, Environment and Economic Development (HEED) disease and antibiotic resistance.

Program Highlights

  • Developmental grants in 2003

  • Full research grants in 2005-6

  • Strong research capacity building

  • Policy relevance and dissemination plans

  • Evaluation of impacts

Heed topics

Health, Environment and Economic Development (HEED) disease and antibiotic resistance.

HEED Topics

  • Health & Environmental Impacts of a Major Pipeline Project in Chad

  • Ecological Approach to Malaria Control in Brazil

  • Reducing SO2 Emissions in Taiyuan, China

  • Air Quality, Respiratory Health and Industrial Zoning in Delhi

Heed topics1

Health, Environment and Economic Development (HEED) disease and antibiotic resistance.

HEED Topics

  • Factors Associated with the Use of Pesticides in southern Africa

  • Water Privatization Policies and Health in Chile

  • Impact of Leishmaniasis on HEED in Tunisia

Career development award k01
Career Development Award – K01 disease and antibiotic resistance.

  • Open to U.S. post-docs and junior faculty

  • Four years of salary support to develop global health research career

  • Develop a mentored training and research plan

  • Exs: Evaluation of Progresa program, economic impact of AIDS funerals, transmission of SFV through bushmeat

G r o w i n g issue obesity
g disease and antibiotic resistance.rowing Issue: Obesity

  • NIH Task Force formed in April 2003 to design obesity research agenda

  • Issue will receive substantial funding

  • Trans-NIH and cross-disciplinary

Building a framework for organizing and coordinating obesity research activities

Building a Framework for Organizing and Coordinating Obesity Research Activities

Identification of genetic, behavioral and environmental factors causing obesity

Understanding pathogenesis of obesity and its comorbidities

Prevention and treatment of obesity

Policy, health services, economics, translation to practice

Enabling technologies

Development of multi-disciplinary research teams

Nih funding opportunities for economists

NIH Obesity Research Outcome Goals Research Activities(Draft 6/03)

Evaluate the effectiveness and assure translation of strategies to maintain healthy weight in children and adults through behavior (activity, diet) change which can be applied in a home, school, or workplace environment

Use knowledge of regulation of energy storage and food intake to develop new therapeutic modalities (including drugs, surgery, and other technologies) to complement lifestyle interventions

Use knowledge of mechanisms whereby obesity increases risk for co-morbidities to develop potential therapeutic approaches for ameliorating these conditions independent of weight loss

Some sources of information on nih grant writing
Some Sources of Information Research Activitieson NIH Grant Writing

Feel free to contact
Feel free to contact: Research Activities

  • Program officer: Dr. Rachel Nugent


  • 301-496-8733

  • For further information: