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The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) at the National Institutes of Health has announced several new Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) which wil be of interest to social scientists at UMass. Please see the announcment below. For more infomration on how NIH is adjusting its funding mechanisms, check out the Office of Extramural Research blog, or view all BSSR-relevant NOSIs.


The following is a list of recently released Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) for Urgent Competitive Revisions and Administrative Supplements encouraging COVID-19 behavioral and social sciences research. Key areas of research encouraged by these NOSIs include various aspects of the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19 including risk communication, adherence to and transmission risks from various public health mitigation efforts, economic and social impacts from these mitigation efforts, downstream health and healthcare access effects as a result of these economic and social impacts, and interventions to ameliorate these downstream health impacts. In addition to a number of NIH institute or center (IC) NOSIs, OBSSR also has issued a trans-NIH NOSI to address common areas of interest across ICs and provide a mechanism for ICs to fund urgent competitive revisions and administrative supplements without publishing their own NOSI.


Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Notice Number:
 NOT-OD-20-097

Key Dates:
Release Date: April 13, 2020
First Available Due Date: April 13, 2020
Expiration Date: April 1, 2021

Purpose:
This NOSI highlights the urgent need for social, behavioral, economic, health communication, and epidemiologic research relevant to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19. This NOSI encourages urgent competitive supplements and administrative supplements to existing longitudinal studies that address key social and behavioral questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including adherence to and transmission mitigation from various containment and mitigation efforts; social, behavioral, and economic impacts from these containment and mitigation efforts; and downstream health impacts resulting from these social, behavioral, and economic impacts,including differences in risk and resiliency based on gender, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other social determinants of health.

View NOT-OD-20-097



Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): National Cancer Institute Announcement Regarding Availability of Urgent Competitive Revision and Administrative Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Notice Number:
 NOT-CA-20-042

Key Dates:
Release Date: April 10, 2020
First Available Due Date: April 14, 2020
Expiration Date: June 26, 2020

Purpose:
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is issuing this NOSI to highlight the urgent need for research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the effects of its causative agent, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), on cancer, and vice versa. Topics of specific interest to NCI include understanding the basic mechanisms of interaction between SARS-CoV-2 and cancer cells, co-morbidities of cancer and SARS-CoV-2 infection (especially in disparately affected patient populations), and the impacts on treatment and clinical outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 infected persons in the context of cancer.

View NOT-CA-20-042


Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Notice Number: NOT-HL-20-757

Key Dates:
Release Date: March 17, 2020
First Available Due Date: March 17, 2020
Expiration Date: October 6, 2020

Purpose:
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is issuing this NOSI to highlight the urgent need for research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and on biological effects of its causative agent, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Topics of specific interest to NHLBI include host response, associations with heart, lung, and blood (HLB) diseases, potential impacts on transfusion safety, and clinical outcomes of infected individuals.

View NOT-HL-20-757



Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the Causative Virus SARS-CoV-2

Notice Number:
 NOT-GM-20-025

Key Dates:
Release Date: March 25, 2020
First Available Due Date: March 25, 2020
Expiration Date: February 6, 2021

Purpose:
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is issuing this NOSI to highlight the urgent need for research on SARS-CoV-2 and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

View NOT-GM-20-025



Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Notice Number:
 NOT-DA-20-047

Key Dates:
Release Date: March 19, 2020
First Available Due Date: March 19, 2020
Expiration Date: March 31, 2021

Purpose:
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is issuing this NOSI to highlight the urgent need for research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, also known as COVID-19). NIDA is especially interested in research collecting and examining data on the risks and outcomes for COVID-19 infection in individuals suffering from substance use disorders.

View NOT-DA-20-047



Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for Mental Health Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Notice Number:
 NOT-MH-20-047

Key Dates:
Release Date: April 9, 2020
First Available Due Date: March 27, 2020
Expiration Date: April 16, 2021

Purpose:
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is issuing this NOSI to highlight interest in research to strengthen the mental health response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and to future public health emergencies, including pandemics. NIMH is especially interested in research to provide an evidence base for how a disrupted workforce may adequately respond/adapt to and maintain services or provide additional care for new or increasing mental health needs, as well as to learn about the effects of the virus and public health measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 that may have an impact on mental health. Research addressing the intersection of COVID-19, mental health, and HIV treatment and prevention are also of interest to NIMH.

View NOT-MH-20-047



Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): NIA Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Notice Number:
 NOT-AG-20-022

Key Dates:
Release Date: April 2, 2020
First Available Due Date: April 6, 2020
Expiration Date: May 1, 2021

Purpose:
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is issuing this NOSI to highlight the urgent need for research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The mission of NIA is to support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research on aging. This NOSI supports mission critical areas of research for NIA as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on Stress Management in Relation to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Notice Number:
 NOT-AT-20-011

Key Dates:
Release Date: April 10, 2020

Purpose:
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is issuing this NOSI to highlight the urgent need for research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, also known as COVID-19). Topics of specific interest for this NOSI include research on stress management strategies, including mind and body approaches, that individuals may engage in remotely to address stressors related to social distancing, as well as to address recovery and recurrence of symptoms during and after COVID-19 infections.

View NOT-AT-20-011



NIH Open Mike Blog: COVID-19 Funding and Funding Opportunities
Written by Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research

To get funding as quickly as possible to the research community, we are using Urgent and Emergency competing revisions and administrative supplements to existing grant awards.  This approach allows us to leverage resident expertise, getting additional funding to those researchers who are already working with other organisms, models, or tools so that they can quickly shift focus to the novel coronavirus. These Urgent and Emergency competitive revision Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) allow NIH to fund applications quickly, often in under three months, sometimes much quicker than that, because evaluation for scientific and technical merit is done by an internal review panel convened by staff of the NIH awarding institute or center rather than by our traditional peer review process.

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