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.
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.
NCCIH Clinical Trials Initiative
The purpose of this proposed initiative is to encourage efficacy and effectiveness clinical trials of complementary and integrative health interventions in areas that are high priority for NCCIH.
Early Clinical Trials for Natural Products
The purpose of this initiative is to encourage research that will focus on the early phases of natural product clinical studies, during which basic and mechanistic research is translated into clinically testable hypotheses and tested in healthy volunteers or a clinical population.
Chelation Therapy for CVD Complications in Diabetics
Based on findings, NCCIH proposes to partner with NHLBI, NIDDK, and NIEHS to replicate the TACT among diabetics, using a sample enriched with PVD patients.
When a concept is developed into an initiative, it is published in the NIH Guide and listed on the NCCIH Web site.