Posted: August 20, 2020

Letter of Intent due 30 days prior to application; Applications due October 19, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for research centers to support integrated programs of high-impact, practice-based research with near-term potential to address NIMH suicide prevention priorities and help achieve the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention goals of reducing the rate of suicide in the US. The Centers are intended to support transdisciplinary teams of clinical and mental health services researchers, behavioral/social scientists, health information and communications technologists, health systems engineers, decision scientists, and mental health stakeholders (e.g., service users, family members, clinicians, payers)

engaged in transdisciplinary programs of research that could not be achieved using standard research project grant mechanisms. Research Centers will support the rapid development, refinement, and testing of effective and scalable approaches for intervening at key intercepts in the chain of care: for identifying high-risk individuals, for promoting continuity across key care transitions (e.g., following identification in the emergency department or discharge from inpatient care), and for intervening (including prevention strategies and treatment for acute risk).

Support will be provided for individual research projects and for cores that are critical for the integration across Center components. The Centers are expected to provide plans for rapid, widespread sharing of relevant data, methods, and resources that will promote near-term improvements in clinical practice, and to accelerate research in suicide prevention. A strong vision of how the Center will advance the field beyond the goals of the individual projects is essential for successful applications. Recognizing that advancing suicide prevention depends on a diversity of scientific perspectives and contributions from a diverse research workforce, these Centers are also expected to provide opportunities for new transdisciplinary collaborations and for research education and training for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and investigators in early stages of independent careers, to help ensure a well-trained, diverse research workforce. 

Applicants interested in submitting applications to support transdisciplinary programs of research focused on other topics consistent with the priorities of NIMH are directed to ALACRITY ("Advanced Laboratories for Accelerating the Reach and Impact of Treatments for Youth and Adults with Mental Illness (ALACRITY)") Research Centers FOA (see NOT-MH-20-070).

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