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Collaborative Research (COLL)

Title: Collaborative Research Supplement
Title Code: COLL

Purpose: An important role of the NIDCD is to foster discovery and reduce the burden of communication disorders through the support of research across the continuum of basic, epidemiologic, clinical/applied biomedical, social, and behavioral health sciences. This supplement contributes to the NIDCD mission, and the broad NIH initiative to reduce health disparities by encouraging collaboration across disciplines and strengthening research infrastructure. Collaborations greatly expand possibilities in research.

Supplement-specific Information to Include in the Request: Plans to develop interdisciplinary and potential transdisciplinary collaborations are solicited across all NIDCD scientific programs. The intent of this supplement is to provide support for the creation of collaborations among researchers and/or among researchers and interested organizations (e.g., academia, health care organizations, industry, and patient organizations) for the conduct of developmental and planning activities for future research applications. The final objective of the supplement must be the submission of specific competitive research grant applications (R01s, R21s, P50s, and/or P30s). Proposed collaborative activities may be within the PI’s institutions or across institutions and are intended to bring together individuals and communities who typically have not collaborated.

The main objectives of the supplement program are to: (1) support collaborative efforts between NIH-funded investigators and clinician-scientists, clinicians, epidemiologists, basic scientists, engineers, and others focused on research of high scientific merit, relevant to communication disorders and of mutual interest and benefit; and (2) help build research capabilities and foster further sustained and productive research through research collaborations.

Applications in response to this announcement should represent a new collaborative relationship for the institution or the expansion of a promising preliminary project. Collaboration across academic programs to facilitate interdisciplinary research training opportunities is highly encouraged. Possible collaboration across academic departments may be between clinical departments and epidemiology/public health to search for factors that increase risk for a condition. An example of collaboration across institutions may be between investigators at an academic research center and others at a community based clinic to forge community based participatory research or to reduce local/regional health disparities.

The NIDCD Collaborative Research Supplement may be milestone driven and may include, but is not limited to the following activities:

  • Bring new multidisciplinary and collaborative study groups focusing on a disease or mission area;
  • Bring new stakeholders into the planning and conduct of research in a disease area;
  • Develop and pilot innovative clinical research curricula;
  • Establish definitions of diseases and subject inclusion/exclusion criteria;
  • Establish or validate outcome measures and standardize measurement tools;
  • Bridge clinical practice to experimental laboratory research.

Applications that do not demonstrate a collaborative approach across two or more fields or entities are not responsive to this solicitation and will not be considered.

Supplement Contact and Email:
Lana Shekim, Ph.D.
shekiml@nidcd.nih.gov