OppNet Funding Available for Meetings to Create Interdisciplinary Research Teams

NIH seeks to advance basic behavioral and social sciences research by providing funds for scientific meetings that will facilitate the creation of interdisciplinary research teams. Four to six new grants with direct costs of up to $50K per year (max of 2 years) may be funded through the initiative.

According to the announcement, “while scientific breakthroughs increasingly occur through the integration of disciplines or knowledge sharing across disciplinary boundaries, existing infrastructures, and scientific cultures create artificial barriers between disciplines that divide scientists and impede progress.” Applications should propose “a process for developing an integrated research agenda around a specific high-risk, high-payoff research question in a basic behavioral and/or basic social science area.” The RFA envisions several possible stages of exchange and collaboration leading to submission of a R01 or P01.

This initiative allows investigators from different disciplines to convene, share terminology, synthesize theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, and develop a research plan.

Letters of intent are due November 14, 2010. Learn more »