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Funding Announcements: Health and Mental Health

NIH Funding of Research to Characterize and Reduce Stigma to Improve Health

This National Institutes of Health funding announcement, Research to Characterize and Reduce Stigma to Improve Health, encourages research grant applications to characterize the role of stigma in health, life course development, and aging, both in the U.S. and globally, and to test interventions to prevent or reduce the impact of stigma at the individual, community, health care system, and policy levels. The goal of this program is to promote research addressing the health-related aspects of stigma, including the etiology and perpetuation of stigma; its impact on physical and mental health, well-being, life course development, and aging; its influence on health behaviors and on use, access to, and quality of received healthcare services; its contribution to health disparities affecting vulnerable demographic groups; and intervention strategies to reduce health-related stigma and/or the negative health and life course developmental impacts of stigma.

This uses the NIH Small Grant (R03) mechanism. The amount requested may not exceed $100,000 over a two year project period.

The Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation working toward a high performance health system in the United States. To that end, they support research in the following areas: health care coverage and access, health care delivery system reform, international health policy and practice innovations, and breakthrough health care opportunities. Grants are typically made in the $200,000 range for two-years.

The competition for these grants is fierce, as a brief review of previous awards will reveal. Nonetheless, NIU’s demonstrated expertise in rural health, large datasets, and heath information mean that NIU faculty could put forward a competitive proposal –and one that fills a niche that is still quite open.

A letter of intent is required and will be due in the spring 2014 (dates yet to be announced) and the deadline will likely be mid-November 2014.

AHRQ Conference Grants

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides up to $35,000 in direct costs for Conference Grants (R13) on issues relevant to health services research in the following areas: research development (issues in delivery of health services are defined and research agenda for studying them developed); research design and methodology; dissemination and implementation (research findings are summarized and communicated broadly); and research training, infrastructure and career development.

The next Deadline is May 01, 2014 (with annual deadlines of February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1).