Population Health Interventions: Integrating Individual and Group Level Evidence

Due Date: 06/05/2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) aims to improve health and reduce the burden of disease, scientific research needs to be implemented at the population level in addition to the biological and clinical levels. The purpose of this FOA is to support multilevel, transdisciplinary population health interventions that target underlying social, economic, and environmental conditions in an effort to improve health outcomes at the individual level (behavioral, familial) and clinical/community level (including the health care system at both the regional and national level).

Applications submitted to this funding announcement should recognize the complexities of the multi-factorial origins of health outcomes, and target more than one of the following, including, but not limited to:

  1. Individual-level factors, such as self-management for health/disease risk factors, stress, and social support.
  2. Environmental factors, such as culture, social system, social context, and the built environment.
  3. Provider-level factors, such as improvements in access, quality of care, communication, systems for promoting trust and adherence, and patient support services (e.g., patient navigation).
  4. Community factors, such as place, developing a social culture of healthy lifestyles, safe environments, and increased choices of healthy foods and leisure activities.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to build multidisciplinary teams comprised of researchers from multiple social and behavioral science fields (including epidemiology and biostatistics, social work, urban planning and development, public policy, anthropology, geography, economics, psychology, sociology, etc.) as well as basic health science and clinical researchers.

Individual level interventions need to integrate high-level mechanisms/influences in their analysis. Multi-level interventions means striking a balance between both individual level and higher order effects. Applicants can consider a number of study designs and approaches, including, but not limited to:

All interventions should include a component of translation and sustainability, in anticipation of the eventual termination of research support and planning for continuation and dissemination of successful programs. To support sustainability, projects that link to local policy efforts are highly encouraged.

Proposals are accepted several times a year. R01 (new applications) are due February 5, June 5 and October 5 annually.

For different types of proposals (e.g. renewals, resubmissions), see the schedule of deadlines.

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