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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.

Development and/or Validation of Devices, Electronic Systems to Monitor or Enhance Mind-Body Interventions
The purpose of this initiative is to solicit research leading to the development of new cutting edge technologies, the adaptation of existing innovative technologies, devices and, or electronic systems, or the repurposing of existing devices and electronic systems to monitor or enhance the mechanistic processes or functional outcomes of MBIs.

Contribution of Sleep Disturbances to Chronic Pain Initiative
The purpose of the proposed initiative is to advance NCCIH interests to study the contribution of sleep disturbances to chronic pain, especially how sleep disturbances impact pain, and to determine whether alleviating sleep disturbances reduces or prevents development of chronic pain.

All concepts under consideration

Published Initiatives

When a concept is developed into an initiative, it is published in the NIH Guide and listed on the NCCIH Web site.


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