New Notice of Special Interest Supports Supplements on Bioethical Issues

Funding News Edition: January 22, 2020
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Investigators who have an existing grant or cooperative agreement (“parent award”) and are interested in bioethics may want to check out the December 30, 2019 Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplement for Research on Bioethical Issues (Admin Supp, Clinical Trial Optional).

You may propose to supplement parent awards focused on bioethics or add a component related to bioethics to a parent award in which bioethics was not the focus. Applications must be within the general scope of the parent award.

Why Bioethics?

Given that ethical considerations are intrinsic to responsibly conducting biomedical research and translating scientific and technological advances into practice, NIH is committed to safeguarding the integrity of the research that it conducts and supports, which, in turn, facilitates public participation and trust in the research enterprise.

Areas of Interest: NIH, NIAID

While NIH seeks research on bioethical issues to develop an evidence base that may inform future policy directions (see the NOSI for examples), each participating institute or center has its own areas of research interest.

For NIAID, applications should focus on ethical issues relevant to domestic and international collaborative research on HIV/AIDS or its co-morbidities (tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections), other infectious diseases, immunologic and allergic diseases; ethics of clinical trials and implementation science; and other ethical issues relevant to the Institute’s scientific mission.

NIAID is particularly interested in projects such as:

  • Ethical issues in research involving adolescents and young adults 
  • Ethical issues in research on preventing, treating, or curing HIV
  • Ethical, legal, and policy issues at the intersections of public health surveillance, care delivery, and research
  • Ethics of research involving child-bearing age and pregnant women

For complete details, read the NOSI. If you have questions (e.g., whether your proposed research is appropriate), NIAID’s scientific/research contact, Joana Roe, can field them.

How To Apply

Since NOSIs direct investigators to apply through a related funding opportunity announcement (FOA), you’ll apply through Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp, Clinical Trial Optional).

Be sure to identify the relevant NOSI in your application. Include “NOT-OD-20-038” (without quotation marks) in the Agency Routing Identifier field box (box 4B) of the SF 424 R&R form.

The application due date is March 20, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. local time of the applicant organization.

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