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Events and Announcements
NIH TIDIRH is now accepting applications
OBSSR, in coordination with a number of NIH Institutes and Centers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is hosting this Training Institute to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting dissemination and implementation (D&I) research across all areas of health and health care. The Institute will utilize a combination of a 5-month online course between September 3, 2019 and January, 2020 culminating in a 2-day in-person training to be held January 23-24, 2020, in Bethesda, MD. This training is designed for doctoral-level investigators at any career stage interested in conducting D&I research. For questions about the training, please contact OBSSR program staff at TIDIRH@nih.gov. Applications are being accepted through Sunday, June 23, 2019.
NIH OBSSR Methodology Seminar: Text Mining for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research - Friday, August 9, 2019
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) invites you to attend the NIH OBSSR Methodology Seminar: Text Mining for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research on Friday, August 9, 2019, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Conference Room A1/A2 at the Neuroscience Center (NSC) Building, 6001 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852. Free registration for this event is requested.The seminar will not be live webcast. In-person attendance is encouraged. A public access video archive will be provided following the event. View the meeting agenda.
The NSF 2026 Idea Machine
The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It's an opportunity for researchers, the public and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF's mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security and advance knowledge to sustain the country's global leadership in science and engineering. Watch the video pitches and review entries through June 26, 2019 at nsf2026imgallery.skild.com.
Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments on Non-Human Animal Models of Substance Use Disorders
The development, validation, and use of animal models that address real-world complexities of SUDs is a priority focus of NIDA’s mission. Certainly, animal models are integral to substance use/SUD research; however, no single animal model completely recapitulates human SUDs, and unappreciated limitations of current models may impede progress toward understanding, treating, and preventing SUDs. The need to examine the translational value of current animal models is underscored by recent technological advances and the development of sophisticated tools allowing for in-depth interrogation of basic biological mechanisms in behaving animals. This RFI intends to create a discourse amongst the scientific community and NIDA on the strengths and weaknesses of current non-human animal models of SUDs and to provide insight on how these models may be optimized to best reflect the human condition. Responses to this RFI will be accepted through July 8, 2019.
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NIH Strategic Plan for Tribal Health Research
Recently, the NIH Tribal Health Research Office is pleased to announce the release of the first NIH Strategic Plan for Tribal Health Research. The FY 2019–2023. Strategic Plan marks a milestone for the NIH in that it establishes a roadmap for the agency to address health research needs for American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The plan identifies four overarching goals:
Goal #1 - Enhancing communication and collaboration
Goal #2 - Building research capacity for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
Goal #3 - Expanding research
Goal #4 - Enhancing cultural competency and community engagement
This is an important step toward improving the health and health-related outcomes of Native communities and is a fundamental principle in NIH’s mission to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability, and to improve the health of the nation.
Webinar Recording: The Eureka Research Platform - A Resource for Mobilizing Research
The OBSSR Director’s Webinar recording, featuring guest presenter Jeffrey Olgin, M.D., Gallo-Chatterjee Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco, is now available. Dr. Olgin’s presentation provided an overview of the Eureka Research Platform, an NIH-funded resource for conducting research using mobile technology. He also described the resource (including its capabilities), provided a description of ongoing studies using the platform, and shared lessons learned and the mechanisms by which the resource can be used for NIH-funded studies.
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NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, December 6, 2019 — NIH Campus, Natcher Conference Center (Bldg. 45). The Annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival will be hosted by OBSSR and the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee. The purpose of the festival is to highlight recently funded behavioral and social sciences research that the NIH supports; bring together behavioral and social scientists within the NIH extramural and intramural communities to network with each other and share scientific ideas; and explore ways to advance behavioral and social sciences research.