NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network

The NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network

(OppNet) is seeking input from the scientific community, health professionals, patient advocates, and the general public about current and emerging priorities in basic behavioral and social sciences research (b-BSSR).  A formal request for information (RFI) has just been published in the NIH Guide: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-055.html .

We encourage your participation in this RFI by recommending top priority challenges for b-BSSR.  For detailed information about the RFI and to submit your ideas, please go to http://bbssrresponse.com/ .

This information will enable OppNet to strategically plan future investments in b-BSSR.   The deadline for responding to this RFI is February 19th, 2010.  We are seeking your help in identifying broad priority areas.  The purpose of this RFI is not to solicit ideas for specific, individual research proposals.

The mission of OppNet is to pursue opportunities for strengthening b-BSSR at the NIH while innovating beyond existing investments.

Further information about OppNet, including the definition of what is meant by basic-BSSR (critical to understand if you are going to identify priority areas for investment) can found at http://oppnet.nih.gov/ .  As partial  background, OppNet ‘s mission is to pursue opportunities for strengthening b-BSSR at the NIH while innovating beyond existing investments. Its goals are to:

   * Advance b-BSSR through activities and initiatives that build a body of knowledge about the nature of behavior and social systems.

   * Prioritize activities and initiatives that focus on basic mechanisms of behavior and social processes that (a) are relevant to the missions and public health challenges of multiple NIH ICs and Offices, and (b) build upon existing NIH investments without replicating them.

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