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NIH HEAL Initiative Pain-Related Funding Opportunities

The NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative is an interdisciplinary program aimed at advancing addiction and pain research in the United States. The HEAL initiative will bolster research across NIH to improve treatments for opioid misuse and addiction and enhance pain management. The initial plans for the HEAL Initiative include support of research to understand how chronic pain develops as well as develop a data sharing collaborative, new biomarkers for pain, and a clinical trials network for testing new pain therapies.

To learn more about the NIH HEAL Initiative, please visit the NIH HEAL Website.

The following pain-related announcements are listed for your convenience. The complete list of HEAL initiative funding opportunities can be found at the NIH HEAL Funding Announcements and Opportunities website.

NIH Funding Opportunities focused primarily on pain

NOT-NS-18-052 Notice of NINDS BRG, BRP, Translational Neural Devices, BRAIN Initiative: Next Generation Invasive Devices Recording, Modulation in the Human Central Nervous System, and Smart & Connected Health Program Applications Directed at the Treatment of Pain

The purpose of this Notice is to inform potential applicants to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Bioengineering Research Grants (BRG), Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP), Translational Neural Devices, and BRAIN Initiative: Next Generation Invasive Devices Recording and Modulation in the Human Central Nervous System, and Smart and Connected Health Funding Opportunity Announcements about an area of special interest.  NINDS would like to accelerate the development of devices for the treatment of pain. Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate Program Director prior to submitting an application. Applications may be submitted to: PAR-18-206 (BRG),  PAR-18-208 (BRP),  RFA-NS-18-011 (Translational Neural Devices),  RFA-NS-18-012 (Translational Neural Devices - SBIR),  RFA-NS-18-021 (BRAIN Initiative),  RFA-NS-18-022 (BRAIN Initiative),  RFA-NS-18-023 (BRAIN Initiative - SBIR),  and NSF-18-541 (Smart and Connected Health).  

PA-18-465 Developing the Therapeutic Potential of the Endocannabinoid System for Pain Treatment

The purpose of this NIH Pain Consortium-endorsed FOA is to support projects examining the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids and endocannabinoid system across a variety of pain conditions. Research supported under this FOA is wide-ranging. In general, the goal is to understand the role of cannabinoids in the management of chronic pain, in part, to help mitigate the high rate of use and abuse of opioids.

PA-18-141, PA-18-159 Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, & Management in Pain Research (R01, R21)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to inform the scientific community of the pain research interests of the various Institutes and Centers (ICs) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to stimulate and foster a wide range of basic, clinical, and translational studies on pain as they relate to the missions of these ICs. New advances are needed in every area of pain research, from the micro perspective of molecular sciences to the macro perspective of behavioral and social sciences. Although great strides have been made in some areas, such as the identification of neural pathways of pain, the experience of pain and the challenge of treatment have remained uniquely individual and unsolved. Furthermore, our understanding of how and why individuals transition to a chronic pain state after an acute injury is limited. Research to address these issues conducted by interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research teams is strongly encouraged, as is research from underrepresented, minority, disabled, or women investigators. 

NOT-NS-18-008

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is aimed at revolutionizing neuroscience through development and application of innovative technologies to map neural circuits, monitor and modulate their activity, and understand how they contribute to thoughts, sensations, emotions and behavior.  NIH has issued a variety of Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) that will support projects that apply technologies to understand neural circuit function in the context of specific circuits, resulting in a diverse portfolio of research into the fundamental biology of nervous system function. 

The purpose of this announcement is to notify the research community that NIH welcomes BRAIN Initiative applications targeting central nervous system nociceptive and pain circuits, as appropriate to the goals and requirements of specific BRAIN Initiative FOAs.  Pain conditions represent an important public health problem and NIH continues to support research into pain pathologies through normal Institute and Center appropriations. However, pain and nociception are also components of normal nervous system function, and the BRAIN Initiative is committed to understanding pain circuits along with brain circuits underlying other sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional functions.  It is expected that the unique opportunities of the BRAIN Initiative will enable production of detailed maps of pain circuits, and the adoption of powerful new tools for monitoring and modulating pain circuit activity, leading to significant advances in the understanding of pain and nociception.

For a list of past and open BRAIN Initiative FOAs, see https://braininitiative.nih.gov/funding/.  For information on goals and requirements of specific BRAIN FOAs, contact Scientific/Program staff listed in the text of the respective announcements. 

NIH Funding Opportunities not focused primarily on pain

The following have pain or pain-related conditions in the objectives or targeted topics of interest

PAR-18-761 Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE): Neurotherapeutic Agent Characterization and In Vivo Efficacy Studies (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
This FOA provides funding to conduct pharmacodynamic, pharmacokinetic, and in vivo efficacy studies to demonstrate that proposed therapeutic agent(s) have sufficient biological activity to warrant further development to treat neurological disorders that fall under the NINDS mission. Therapeutic agents may include but are not limited to small molecules, biologics or biotechnology-derived products. This FOA is part of a suite of Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE) to advance projects to the point where they can meet the entry criteria for the NINDS Cooperative Research to Enable and Advance Translational Enterprises for Biologics program (CREATE Bio) program for biologics, biotechnology products, Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network for small molecules, or other translational programs.

PAR-18-762 Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE): Assay Development and Neurotherapeutic Agent Identification (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications to develop in vitro and/or ex vivo assays and conduct iterative screening efforts to identify and characterize potential therapeutic agents for neurological disorders. This FOA is part of a suite of Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE) to advance projects to the point where they can meet the entry criteria for the NINDS Cooperative Research to Enable and Advance Translational Enterprises for Biologics (CREATE Bio) program for biologics, biotechnology products, the Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN) for small molecules, or other translational programs.

PAR-18-763 Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE): Development and Validation of Model Systems and/or Pharmacodynamic Markers to Facilitate Neurotherapeutic Discovery (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages the development and validation of: 1) animal models and human tissue ex vivo systems that recapitulate the phenotypic and physiologic characteristics of a defined neurological disorder and/or 2) clinically feasible pharmacodynamic markers for therapeutics designed to treat neurological disease.  The goal of this FOA is to promote a significant improvement in the translational relevance of animal models, ex vivo systems, and pharmacodynamic markers that will be utilized to facilitate the development of neurotherapeutics. Ideally, models, model systems and pharmacodynamic markers proposed in applications for this FOA would have the potential to provide feasible and meaningful assessments of efficacy following therapeutic intervention that would be applicable in both preclinical and clinical settings. This FOA is part of a suite of Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE) focused on enabling the exploratory and early stages of drug discovery.   

PAR-18-548 Clinical Validation of a Candidate Biomarker for Neurological Disease (U44 Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications from Small Business Concerns (SBCs) to support rigorous clinical validation of a candidate biomarker using retrospective and/or prospective methods in a manner that is consistent with the purpose of the biomarker. This FOA assumes that: 1) a candidate biomarker has already been identified, 2) an analytical method has been developed and validated that is consistent with the purpose of the biomarker and 3) a working hypothesis regarding context of use is in place. The goal of this FOA is to facilitate the advancement of robust and reliable biomarkers of diseases that fall within the mission of NINDS to application in clinical trials and practice (Phase II clinical trials and beyond). 

PAR-18-549, Analytical Validation of a Candidate Biomarker for Neurological Disease (U44 Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support applications from Small Business Concerns (SBCs) to perform rigorous analytical validation of candidate biomarker measures or endpoints in a manner that is consistent with FDA guidelines.  Analytical validation establishes that the performance characteristics of the biomarker measurement or endpoint are acceptable for its intended use.  This FOA assumes that 1) a candidate biomarker has already been identified, 2) assay technology has already been developed, and 3) a working hypothesis regarding context of use is in place.  The goal of this FOA is to facilitate the advancement of robust and reliable biomarkers of diseases that fall within the mission of NINDS to application in clinical trials and practice (Phase II clinical trials and beyond).

PAR-18-550 Analytical Validation of a Candidate Biomarker for Neurological Disease (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support rigorous analytical validation of candidate biomarker measures or endpoints in a manner that is consistent with FDA guidelines.  Analytical validation establishes that the performance characteristics of the biomarker measurement or endpoint are acceptable for its intended use.  This FOA assumes that 1) a candidate biomarker has already been identified, 2) assay technology has already been developed, and 3) a working hypothesis regarding context of use is in place.  The goal of this FOA is to facilitate the advancement of robust and reliable biomarkers of diseases that fall within the mission of NINDS to application in clinical trials and practice (Phase II clinical trials and beyond).

PAR-18-664 Clinical Validation of a Candidate Biomarker for Neurological Disease (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support rigorous clinical validation of a candidate biomarker using retrospective and/or prospective methods in a manner that is consistent with the purpose of the biomarker. This FOA assumes that: 1) a candidate biomarker has already been identified, 2) an analytical method has been developed and validated that is consistent with the purpose of the biomarker and 3) a working hypothesis regarding context of use is in place. The goal of this FOA is to facilitate the advancement of robust and reliable biomarkers of diseases that fall within the mission of NINDS to application in clinical trials and practice (Phase II clinical trials and beyond).

 

PA-18-502, PA-18-503 Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01, R21)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications focused on palliative care in geriatric populations. This FOA covers studies in a variety of settings including hospitals (and specific sites within hospitals including specialty medical or surgical wards, intensive care units, and emergency departments), post-acute care settings, outpatient clinics and doctors' offices, patients' homes and other residential settings, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospices, and other healthcare or community settings. This FOA encourages both prospective studies and analyses of existing datasets, health and medical records, claims data, or other sources. Leveraging ongoing cohorts, intervention studies, networks, data and specimen repositories, and other existing research resources and infrastructure are encouraged. Study designs may include observational approaches, quasi-experimental designs, and interventional studies.    

PA-18-376, PA-18-474, PA-18-384 Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R01, R15, R21)

 The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research that seeks to build the science of self-management for health in chronic conditions. This FOA focuses on self-management as a mainstream science to reduce the burden of chronic illnesses/conditions.

 

PA-18-151 PA-18-168 Chronic Illness Self-Management in Children and Adolescents (R01, R21)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage exploratory/developmental research to improve self-management and quality of life in children and adolescents with chronic conditions. Managing a chronic condition is an unremitting responsibility for children and their families. Children with a chronic condition and their families have a long-term responsibility for self-management. This FOA encourages research that takes into consideration various factors that influence self-management such as individual differences, biological and psychological factors, family/caregivers and sociocultural context, family-community dynamics, healthcare system factors, technological advances, and the role of the environment.

PA-18-139, PA-18-157, PA-18-471 Innovative Questions in Symptom Science and Genomics (R01, R21, R15)

The purpose of this initiative is to optimize innovation, insight and cutting edge conceptual and technological breakthroughs by catalyzing research that emanates from the identified innovative questions in symptom and genomic nursing science. These innovative questions are reflective of broad domains from which more specific novel hypotheses or problems to be solved can be derived.  

PA-18-140, PA-18-158 Applying Metabolomics to Drive Biomarker Discovery in Symptom Science (R01, R21)

The purpose of this initiative is to encourage applications on biomarker discovery that utilize metabolomics approaches to advance the understanding, assessment and management of symptoms.

PA-18-055, PA-18-073, PA-18-074  Behavioral & Integrative Treatment Development Program (R01, R34, R03)

R01: The purpose of this FOA is to encourage behavioral intervention development research to test efficacy, conduct clinical trials, examine mechanisms of behavior change, determine dose-response, optimize combinations, and/or ascertain best sequencing of behavioral, combined, sequential, or integrated behavioral and pharmacological (1) drug abuse treatment interventions, including interventions for patients with comorbidities, in diverse settings; (2) drug abuse treatment and adherence interventions for use in primary care; (3) drug abuse treatment and adherence interventions that utilize technologies to boost effects and increase implementability; (4) interventions to prevent the acquisition or transmission of HIV infection among individuals in drug abuse treatment; (5) interventions to promote adherence to drug abuse treatment, HIV and addiction medications; and (6) interventions to treat chronic pain. Research of interest includes but is not limited to Stage II and Stage III efficacy research.

R34: The purpose of this FOA is to encourage investigators to propose discrete well-defined projects that can be completed within three years. Projects of interest fall within the research domain of behavioral or integrated (e.g., behavioral and pharmacological) interventions targeting: (a) substance abuse; (b) prevention of acquisition or transmission of HIV infection among individuals in substance abuse treatment; (c) promotion of adherence to substance abuse treatment, HIV and addiction medications; and (d) chronic pain. Specific examples include, but are not limited to studies focusing on: 1) Stage I intervention generation; 2) Stage I pilot or feasibility – and both should include the development of putative targets/ moderators, mediators, and change mechanisms; (3) Stage I studies to generate or refine substance abuse treatment or adherence interventions for use in primary care; (4) Stage I research to boost effects and increase implementability of interventions with creative use of technology or other means.

R03: The purpose of this FOA is to encourage investigators to propose discrete well-defined projects that can be completed within two years. Projects of interest fall within the research domain of behavioral or integrated (e.g., behavioral and pharmacological) interventions targeting: (a) substance abuse; (b) prevention of acquisition or transmission of HIV infection among individuals in drug abuse treatment; (c) promotion of adherence to drug abuse treatment, HIV and addiction medications; and (d) chronic pain. Specific examples include, but are not limited to studies focusing on: 1) Stage I intervention generation; 2) Stage I pilot or feasibility – and both should include the development of putative moderators, mediators, and change mechanisms; (3) Stage I studies to generate or refine drug abuse treatment or adherence interventions; (4) Stage I research to boost effects and increase implementability of interventions with creative use of technology or through other means.

PA-18-058, PA-18-076 Prescription Drug Abuse (R01, R21)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) encourages applicants to develop innovative research applications on prescription drug abuse, including research to examine the factors contributing to prescription drug abuse; to characterize the adverse medical, mental health and social consequences associated with prescription drug abuse; and to develop effective prevention and service delivery approaches and behavioral and pharmacological treatments. Applications to address these issues are encouraged across a broad range of methodological approaches including basic science, clinical, epidemiological, and health services research to define the extent of the problem of prescription drug abuse, to characterize this problem in terms of classes of drugs abused and combinations of drug types, etiology of abuse, and populations most affected (including analyses by age group, race/ethnicity, gender, and psychiatric symptomatology). Studies on individual- and patient-level factors, prescriber factors, and/or health system factors are encouraged, as are studies on all classes of prescription drugs with high abuse liability, including analgesics, stimulants, sedative/hypnotics and anxiolytics. Researchers are further encouraged to study the relationship between the prescription medication, the indication for which the medication was prescribed (e.g., pain, sleep disorder, anxiety disorder, obesity), and the environmental and individual factors contributing to abuse.

PAR-18-297,  PAR-18-030 NIA Program Project Applications

The National Institute on Aging invites the submission of investigator-initiated program project (P01) applications. The applications should address scientific areas relevant to the NIA mission. Each application submitted to this FOA must include at least three related research projects that share a common central theme, focus, and/overall objective and an administrative core to lead the project.

PAR-18-113 Center of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health (P01 Clinical Trial Optional)

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages the submission of applications that requires multi-project, synergistic collaboration between outstanding scientists that blends multiple research approaches by multi-disciplinary research teams. This Center of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health (CERCIH) program is designed to support three or more highly meritorious projects that can offer significant scientific advantages and "synergy" that could not be achieved by supporting the same projects as individual research grants. Each CERCIH must be focused on questions of high relevance to the mission of NCCIH. Applications in response to this FOA may propose to involve human participants in mechanistic studies, but this FOA will not support clinical trials of efficacy or effectiveness.

PA-18-409, PA-18-408  Research Grants Using the Resources from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed, R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

 This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for research awards that are focused on the use of the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) database, clinical data and images.  This FOA seeks to expand the use of these resources by investigators in the broader research community.  The publication of this FOA to the research community indicates to investigators and peer reviewers the importance that the NIAMS and others have placed on the use of the OAI resources.    

PAR-16-443 Drug Abuse Dissertation Research (R36)

The goal of this FOA is to enhance the diversity of the drug abuse research workforce by providing dissertation awards on topics related to the study of basic and clinical neuroscience, development, epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, or women and sex/gender differences as they relate to drug abuse. This support will enhance the pool of highly talented drug abuse scientists who conduct research within the funding priority areas (http://www.drugabuse.gov/funding/funding-priorities) or in the NIDA strategic plan (https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/2016-2020-nida-strategic-plan). Applications are encouraged from doctoral candidates in a variety of academic disciplines and programs. This program will ultimately facilitate the entry of promising new investigators into the field of drug abuse research and promote transdisciplinary collaborations. This award is for up to two years of support for the completion of the doctoral dissertation research project.

PAR-16-085 NIA Clinical Research Project Planning Grant Program (R34)

The NIA is committed to identifying effective treatments for diseases and conditions associated with aging and to ascertaining the associated health outcomes by supporting robust, well-planned and designed, and well-executed clinical trials and clinical research projects. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) aims to support the planning activities needed for the successful execution of clinical trials and clinical research projects, including protocol, Manual of Procedures (MOP), data collection forms, and data and safety monitoring plan development as recommended by the NIA Clinical Research Study Investigator's Toolbox (http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dgcg/clinical-research-study-investigators-toolbox/startup).

PAR-16-041PAR-16-042  Drug Discovery for Nervous System Disorders (R01, R21)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications directed toward the discovery and preclinical testing of novel compounds for the prevention and treatment of nervous system disorders.