February 20, 2015

The Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) Common Fund Program has announced four Requests for Applications (RFAs) to answer the question, “What are the processes/mechanisms that drive behavior change?”  Letters of Intent (recommended but not required) are due February 20, 2015. Applications are due March 20, 2015.

Human behavior accounts for almost 40% of the risk associated with preventable premature deaths in the United States. Health-injuring behaviors such as smoking, drinking, and drug abuse, as well as inactivity and poor diet are known to contribute to many common diseases and adverse health conditions. The overarching goal of SOBC activities is to integrate insights from basic behavioral and social research into improved interventions for behavior change.Science of Behavior Change

Three of the RFAs (RFA-RM-14-018, RFA-RM-14-019, and RFA-RM-14- 020) ask for teams of scientists to conduct target validation activities to develop the tools required to implement a mechanisms-focused, experimental medicine approach to behavior change research.

The fourth RFA (RFA-RM-14-017) is to support a Resource and Coordinating Center that provides national leadership for the coordinated efforts of projects and initiatives of SOBC to validate assays for behavior change.

More details about the RFAs can be found here:

  • Assay Development and Validation for Interpersonal and Social Processes Targets (UH2/UH3) RFA-RM-14-018
  • Assay Development and Validation for Stress Reactivity and Stress Resilience Targets (UH2/UH3) RFA-RM-14-019
  • Assay Development and Validation for Self-Regulation Targets (UH2/UH3) RFA-RM-14-020
  • NIH Science of Behavior Change Resource and Coordinating Center (U24) RFA-RM-14-017

Please visit http://commonfund.nih.gov/behaviorchange/index for more details on the program and funding opportunities.

For answers to frequently asked questions go to http://commonfund.nih.gov/behaviorchange/faq/ Check back often for updates.

For any other questions you may have, please contact the scientific/research contact(s) listed in the RFAs, or Dr. Lois Tully (lois.tully@nih.gov).