NIH Announces OppNet Funding Opportunity

September 15, 2011

by Paula Skedsvold

The NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) announced a new RFA, Basic Research on Decision Making: Cognitive, Affective, and Developmental Perspectives.  OppNet was launched in November 2009 to enlarge NIH’s portfolio in basic behavioral and social sciences research and increase understanding of the mechanisms and processes that influence individual and group health-related behaviors.

According to the new RFA, NIH is seeking applications that propose “to increase understanding of the basic cognitive, affective, motivational, and social processes that underlie decision making across the lifespan…, [including] an appreciation of the interactions among the psychological, neurobiological, and behavioral processes in decision making… and consideration of the mediating and/or moderating influences of genetics, physiology, the social environment, and culture.” In this announcement, NIH  encourages the formation of multidisciplinary research teams.

William Elwood, OppNet Facilitator, commented: “Our decision-making RFA draws upon many related areas that emerged from our October 2010 conference—cognition, perception, and the entire lifecourse are just three examples.  I hope that investigators who concentrate on sensory perception will consider this RFA as well. All NIH Institutes and Centers are OppNet members; all can manage our funded applications--so I hope researchers from FABBS’s many associations will consider applying.”

Letters of intent are due December 18, 2011, and applications are due on January 18, 2012. 

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