Highest Priority Topics for NIH Challenge Grants

Below are three areas of the just released stimulus package funding that might be of particular interest to you. The full list can be downloaded here.

05-MD-101* Social Determinants of Health. There is a growing research that reveals the important role of social determinants of health in addressing and understanding health disparities. Social determinants of health are the economic and social conditions under which people live which determine their health. We propose research that investigates interventions that address these social determinants (e.g., employment training, school readiness programs, food stamp programs, and adequate and affordable housing programs) their relationship to health outcomes for health disparity populations. Contact: Dr. Kyu Rhee, 301-402-1366, rheekb@mail.nih.gov

05-MD-102* Prevention of Chronic Diseases in Disparity Populations. Approximately 70-80% of all current health care costs are connected with the treatment of chronic diseases. Chronic diseases compose a large majority of health disparity conditions, such as asthma, obesity, oral health, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, mental health, chronic pain, and substance abuse. We propose research to examine and inform the clinical and cost effectiveness of prevention efforts, including medical devices, behavioral interventions, care management approaches (e.g., incorporation of nontraditional members of the healthcare team such as community health workers, pharmacists), pharmaceuticals, surgery, and other interventions for the prevention of chronic disease. Contact: Dr. Kyu Rhee, 301-402-1366, rheekb@mail.nih.govĀ 

09-MD-102* Trans-disciplinary Research to Integrate the Biological and Non-biological Determinants of Health to Address Health Disparities. Research interests include trans-disciplinary approaches to address health disparities through collaborative efforts and sustained partnerships with social scientists, policy researchers, health researchers, environmental scientists, and behavioral scientists, for example. Strategies that develop community infrastructure and networks, including non-traditional partnerships are also of interest. Contact: Dr. Kyu Rhee, 301-402-1366, rheekb@mail.nih.gov; NIAMS Contact: Dr. Susana Serrate-Sztein, 301-594-5032, NIAMShelp-NIHChallengeGrants@mail.nih.gov