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Funding Opportunity Announcements: Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Managing Pain and Co-Morbid Conditions in U.S. Military Personnel

July 2, 2013

The Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for "Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Managing Pain and Co-Morbid Conditions in U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families" have been published in the NIH Guide. They are issued by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine ( NCCAM), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D).

The purpose is to encourage research on the use of non-pharmacological approaches for managing pain and co-morbid conditions (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), substance use disorder (SUD), depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances) among U.S. military personnel and Veterans.

Three announcements are issued:

Pilot and Feasibility Studies of Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Managing Pain and Co-Morbid Conditions in U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families (R34), RFA-AT-14-004, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-14-004.html

Clinical Trials and Interventional Studies of Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Managing Pain and Co-Morbid Conditions in U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families (R01), RFA-AT-14-003, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-14-003.html

Health Services and Observational Studies of Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Managing Pain and Co-Morbid Conditions in U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families (R01), RFA-AT-14-005, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-14-005.html

VA HSR&D is participating only in the R01 Health Services/Observational Studies announcement.

The participating organizations intend to commit approximately $3.0 million (total costs) in Fiscal Year 2014 with which it is expected that 5 to 7 new grants will be funded across three FOAs: R01 FOA (RFA-AT-14-005, Health Services/Observational), R01 FOA (RFA-AT-14-003, Clinical/Interventional), and R34 FOA (RFA-AT-14-004, Pilot/Feasibility).

Specifically, NCCAM expects to fund 3-4 new grants and will commit $2.0 million in Fiscal Year 2014. NIDA expects to fund 1 new grant and will commit $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2014. VA HSRD plans to fund 1 – 3 grants depending on the budget, timeline, and scope of the selected studies. VA HSRD intends to commit approximately $1.5 million (total costs over 3 years) and $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2014.

The participating agencies encourage applicants to send a letter of intent, although this is not required. The letter should be received by September 11, 2013.

Applications must be submitted electronically to Grants.gov. These must be received by 5 p.m. local time on October 11, 2013.

Scientific research contacts are as follows:

Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.
Program Officer
Division of Extramural Research
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Telephone: 301-594-9346
Email: huntleyk@mail.nih.gov

Dave Thomas, Ph.D.
Program Officer
Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Telephone: 301-435-1313
Email: dthomas1@nida.nih.gov

Ranjana Banerjea, MBA, Ph.D.
Health Services Research & Development Service (10P9H)
Department of Veterans Affairs
Telephone: 202-443-5727
Email: Ranjana.Banerjea@va.gov