What is a Concept?
A concept is an early planning stage in the development of a research initiative (a program announcement, request for applications, or request for proposals).
NCCIH staff prepare and discuss concepts at planning meetings. Then, they determine which concepts are presented to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health (NACCIH) for review, comment, and approval.
A document is prepared for the Advisory Council meeting. If the concept is approved, the document is published on our Web site. This gives researchers a “heads-up” on potential future funding opportunities. Not all concepts are developed into formal initiatives, such as program announcements or requests for applications. If a concept is developed into an official initiative, it will be published in the NIH Guide.
Note: Details of the final initiative may differ from the original concept proposal.
Concepts Approved by Our Advisory Council
Concepts under consideration to be developed into requests for applications, program announcements, or requests for proposals.
Emotional Well-Being: High-Priority Research Networks
This proposed initiative aims to solicit applications that focus on developing resources by refining and testing key concepts that will advance and further support the study of emotional well-being. This grant funding initiative will support research networks through meetings, conferences, small-scale pilot research, multidisciplinary cross training (such as intensive workshops, summer institutes, or visiting scholar programs), and information dissemination to foster the growth and development of research in the specified priority areas listed below.
Mechanisms Underlying Analgesic Properties of Terpenes and Minor Cannabinoids
This proposed initiative aims to encourage research on terpenes and minor cannabinoids related to pain, nociception, and analgesia. Terpenes and cannabinoids of interest include myrcene, β-caryophyllene, limonene, α-terpineol, linalool, α-phellandrene, α-pinene, β-pinene, γ-terpinene, α-humulene, CBD, CBG, cannabinol, and CBC. This initiative intends to support highly innovative basic and/or mechanistic studies in appropriate model organisms and/or human subjects aiming to identify, demonstrate, and predict if terpenes and minor cannabinoids can help treat pain.
NCCIH HEAL Initiatives
The NCCIH HEAL Initiatives will have components to address both (1) enhancing pain management and (2) improving treatment for opioid misuse and addiction.
When a concept is developed into an initiative, it is published in the NIH Guide and listed on the NCCIH Web site.