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NCCIH Research Blog

NCCIH blogs about research developments related to complementary health practices. Check in regularly to keep up with the latest findings.

Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
October 31, 2019

The National Advisory Council on Complementary and Integrative Health met on September 20 here in Bethesda, Maryland. One of the highlights, as in past Council meetings, was the presentation by Division of Extramural Research staff members of new concepts for research.
  
What are concepts, and why are they noteworthy? A concept is an early planning stage in the potential development of a research initiative, which may include one or more funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). 

First, NCCIH staff prepare and discuss concept ideas to meet research opportunities and needs. During planning retreats and other meetings, they determine which of these concepts will be presented to Council for review, comment, and approval. Those to be presented are further refined and summaries written by staff.

Next, NCCIH staff formally present them during the open session of a Council meeting. Members discuss each concept, such as its focus, its fit with Center priorities, and a possible budget and mechanism. Concepts approved by Council vote are posted on our website after the meeting. At this early stage, the specific award mechanisms (i.e., a grant, cooperative agreement, or contract) or funding allocations for an FOA are not yet determined.

We invite our researcher audience to browse approved concepts for a heads-up about some NCCIH priority topics as well as potential FOAs. At the same time, it’s important to know that Council’s approval of a concept does not guarantee that it will be developed into a formal initiative. Things can happen along the way, such as changes in priorities, e.g., during a strategic planning process. When a concept becomes an official initiative, the published FOA provides explicit details on the goals of the FOA, allowable budgets, when and how to apply, what must be included in the application, and the criteria by which it will be peer reviewed. All NCCIH FOAs are published in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts and posted on the Center’s website.

You can read the details of the approved concepts from our last two Council meetings (June and September 2019):

If you are a researcher in one or more of these topic areas, you may want to begin thinking about a project and your application. Among your early steps, we strongly encourage you to reach out to the program director listed on the concept. He or she can help you determine whether your idea aligns with the concept or other published FOAs and can answer your questions.
 

Catherine M. Meyers, M.D.
October 04, 2019
Catherine Meyers, M.D

In this blog post, Dr. Catherine Meyers discusses two new protocol templates to NCCIH’s Clinical Research Toolbox, the web-based information repository for investigators and staff involved in NCCIH-funded clinical research.

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Craig Hopp, Ph.D.
September 25, 2019
Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH’s Dr, Craig Hopp calls attention to two new requests for applications (RFAs) related to natural products research.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
September 17, 2019
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post NCCIH’s Dr. Emmeline Edwards discusses a new evidence-based consensus study report cosponsored by NCCIH: Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth. 

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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
September 12, 2019
Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

In this blog post Dr. Partap Khalsa announces topics to be discussed at the upcoming session of NCCIH’s National Advisory Council on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.

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Langavin
September 09, 2019
Helene Langevin, M.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Helene Langevin spotlights the keynote presentation on pain by Dr. Lorimer Moseley at the upcoming 20th anniversary symposium.

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