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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.​​​​​​​

Consortium for Advancing Research on Botanicals and Other Natural Products (CARBON.2)
ODS and NCCIH seek to further accelerate progress in understanding how complex botanical and other natural products influence human health in order to acquire the data needed to guide clinical trial design and interpretation. This goal of enhancing progress toward translatable data should be achieved by supporting a range of networked, collaborative, transdisciplinary research centers and projects, and the development and dissemination of relevant good research practices and research resources.

Discovery and Biological Signatures of Diet-Derived Microbial Metabolites
This initiative seeks to characterize the compounds produced by microbial metabolism of dietary phytochemicals, identify the commensal bacteria responsible for their production, establish the biological signatures that define their interaction with a biological system, and coordinate and oversee the sharing of relevant omic data.

Research Resource for Systematic Review of Complementary and Integrative Health
This initiative will support a research resource for the continuation of an established database of controlled trials of complementary and integrative health interventions, which are useful to those conducting systematic reviews.

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.


This page last modified April 18, 2018