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93.242 Mental Health Research Grants
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service Act, Title III, Section 301, Public Law 78-410, 42 U.S.C. 241, as amended; Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992, Public Law 102-564.
To increase knowledge of basic biological and behavioral processes that underlie mental and behavioral disorders and of processes that contribute to maintaining mental health; to improve methodologies for research relevant to these disorders; and to conduct research on mental health services. Research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health may employ theoretical, laboratory, clinical, methodological and field studies. Studies may involve individuals with a mental disorder diagnosis, individuals with symptom levels that do not meet diagnostic thresholds, and healthy individuals of all ages. Research also may involve animal, computational and mathematical models appropriate to the system being investigated and the state of the field. Areas eligible for research support are: neurosciences, including molecular genetics; behavioral sciences; epidemiology; clinical assessment; etiological studies; treatment; prevention; services research; and research on HIV/AIDS behavior. The Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program provides awards to increase the capacity of institutions with a substantial enrollment of racial ethnic minority students to conduct mental health research projects. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program provide awards to increase small business participation in Federal research and development by means of increasing cooperative research and development between small businesses and research institutions (SBIR); and encouraging participation of socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns and women-owned small business concerns in technological innovation (STTR).
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
(1) Research project grants provide support for clearly defined projects or a small group of related research activities, and when appropriate, support of research conferences; (2) Program Project and Center grants support large-scale, broad-based programs of research, usually interdisciplinary consisting of several projects with a common focus; (3) Research Resources Development, Research Demonstrations, special Research Exploratory projects, and Dissertation Support; and (4) Small grants support small-scale exploratory and pilot studies or exploration of an unusual research opportunity. Standard small grants are limited to $50,000 direct costs for a period of 2 years or less, while newer small grants are for less time and funds. SBIR and STTR grants are awarded in two stages: Phase I grants are awarded to establish the technical merit and feasibility of a proposed research and development effort; only Phase I awardees are eligible to receive Phase II support.
Applicant Eligibility: Public, private, profit, or nonprofit agencies (including State and local government agencies), eligible Federal agencies, universities, colleges, hospitals, and academic or research institutions may apply for research grants. SBIR grants can be awarded only to domestic small businesses, and STTR grants can be awarded only to domestic small businesses which "partner" with a research institution in cooperative research and development. For further definitions, requirements, and restrictions see the Omnibus Solicitation of the Public Health Service for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (PHS 97-2) and the Omnibus Solicitation of the National Institutes of Health for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (PHS 97-3).
Pre-application Coordination: Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Reports must be submitted as follows: (1) Interim progress reports annually as part of a non-competing application for previously recommended support; (2) terminal progress report within 90 days after end of project support; (3) annual financial status report within 90 days after termination of annual grant for some programs. In addition, immediate and full reporting of any inventions is required.
Account Identification: 75-0892-0-1-552.
In fiscal year 2001, NIMH made 88 SBIR/STTR awards totaling $22,879,000; no instrumentation awards were made in fiscal year 2001. NIMH funded 2,228 grants in fiscal year 2001, and an estimated 2,407 grants will be funded in fiscal year 2002. An estimated 2,524 grants will be funded in fiscal year 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
42 CFR 52. NIH Grant Policy Statement (Revised March 2001). Grants will be available under the authority if and administered in accordance with the PHS Grants Policy Statement and federal regulations at 42 CFR 52 and 42 U.S.C. 241; Omnibus Solicitation of the Public Health Service for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Applications; and Omnibus Solicitation of the National Institutes of Health for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications.
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
(1) Basic and clinical neuroscience approaches to normal and disordered behavior; Genetic studies of depressive disorders; (2) prospective study of children of schizophrenic parents; (3) neural bases of major psychiatric disorders; (4) genomic control of CNS development; (5) Psychosocial interventions in senile dementia; (6) legal impact on mental health practice; (7) processes in learning and behavioral change; (8) prevention of high-risk AIDS behavior; and (9) antibodies to rationally modulate specific neurotransmitter receptors.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
The following consideration will be used in determining projects to be funded: (1) Scientific and technical merit; (2) the feasibility of the research; and (3) mental health implications and relevance to NIMH priorities and public health. SBIR and STTR grant applications are also evaluated for technological innovativeness and the potential for commercial application.