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Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Initiative

Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Initiative

Illinois is home to some of the foremost social and behavioral sciences experts in the world, but because they are dispersed across the university (in at least 45 different departments), no single college or unit represents their interests. The OVCR has launched a new initiative to explore how to facilitate large-scale, interdisciplinary research projects that leverage our social and behavioral sciences expertise and support the next generation of researchers in the field. 

The SBSRI is seeking proposals for its small grants program. View the full call for proposals here. Applications will be accepted until April 28.

Read an Association for Psychological Science article about the SBSRI, "Building Better Science Means Breaking Down Barriers."

Click here to see the results of the SBSRI survey given to social and behavioral sciences faculty.  

Funding opportunities in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

NIH Aging Biology Research to Address Health Disparities (Admin Supp) (Deadline: May 3, 2017)

The NIH announces the availability of administrative supplements to support aging biology research that addresses disparities in health.

Full announcement here.

NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative Scientists (Deadline: June 20, 2017)

The NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists award seeks to assist early-career scientists in launching an an innovative clinical, translational, basic or services research program that holds the potential to profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of mental disorders.

Full announcement here.

Fiscal Year 2018 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI) (Deadline: June 30, 2017 for white papers; November 1, 2017 for full proposals)

The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD.

Announcement here.

NIH Funding for Leveraging Existing Cohort Studies to Clarify Risk and Protective Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (R01) (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH invites applications that will combine multiple cohorts in order to improve statistical power and clarify risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD).

Full announcement here.

NIH Funding for Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH seeks applications aimed at improving and developing methodology in the behavioral and social sciences through innovations in research design, measurement, data collection and data analysis techniques.

Full announcements for the R21 here.

NIH Funding for Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH seeks applications that are applied or basic in nature, have a human behavioral or social science focus, and employ methodologies suited to addressing the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, referred to as systems science methodologies.

Full announcements for the R21 here

NIH Funding for Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH seeks applications that propose to study the ethical, legal, and social implications of human genome research. Areas of research interest include genomic research, genomic health care, broader societal issues, and legal, regulatory, and public policy issues.

Full announcements for the R03 here and R21 here.

NIH Funding for Improving Quality of Care and Quality of Life for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias at the End of Life (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH invites applications that address clinical and translational gaps in the study of end-of-life care needs of people with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias (ADRD) and their families.

Full announcement for the R01 here and R03 here.

NIH Funding for Addressing Health Disparities in NIDDK Diseases (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH invites research projects to improve understanding of the causes of high priority diseases in the United States and reducing/eliminating health disparities.

Full announcement for the R01 here.

NIH Funding for Improving Individual and Family Outcomes through Continuity and Coordination of Care in Hospice (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH seeks to stimulate research that focuses on reducing negative individual and family outcomes related to unwanted transitions at the end of life and optimizing the individual and family outcomes related to high quality coordination of care of care of individuals who are enrolled in hospice.

Full announcement for the R01 here and the R21 here.

NIH Funding for Addressing the Etiology of Health Disparities and Health Advantages Among Immigrant Populations (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH seeks to support innovative research to understand uniquely associated factors (biological, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental) that contribute to health disparities or health advantages among U.S. immigrant populations.

Full announcement for the R01 here and the R21 here.

NIH Funding for Addressing Health Disparities through Effective Interventions among Immigrant Populations (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH seeks to to support innovative research to develop and implement effective interventions to address health disparities among U.S. immigrant populations.

Full announcement for the R01 here and the R21 here.

NIH Funding for Strengthening the HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Care Continuum through Behavioral, Social, and Implementation Science (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH encourages behavioral, social, and implementation science research designed to (a) identify gaps in the HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) care continuum and associated determinants; (b) develop and test interventions to strengthen PrEP delivery, use, and outcomes; and (c) reduce racial/ethnic and age-related disparities in PrEP uptake and use.

Full announcement for the R01 here and R21 here.

NIH Funding for Targeted Basic Behavioral and Social Science and Intervention Development for HIV Prevention and Care (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH encourages novel, high impact behavioral and social science research that will contribute to empirically-based HIV risk-reduction and care-improvement approaches that could be used for prevention, improved clinical outcomes, and cure. The following types of studies can advance these goals: (1) Targeted basic behavioral and social science research to identify and quantify micro- and macro-level social and behavioral determinants that may mediate or moderate HIV acquisition, transmission and care, (2) development of combination behavioral-biomedical approaches to HIV-related interventions, (3) tests of approaches to increase intervention potency and durability, (4) enhanced targeting of those most highly impacted by the pandemic, (5) identification of novel intervention approaches and methodologies that address multiple levels of influence on HIV acquisition, transmission, and care.

Full announcement for the R01 here and R21 here.

NIH Funding for Reducing Overscreening for Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancers among Older Adults (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH seeks to promote research on interventions, based in healthcare settings, designed to reduce overscreening for breast, cervical, or colorectal cancers among average-risk older adults.

Full announcement for the R01 here and R21 here.

NIH Funding for Neuroscience Research on Drug Abuse (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH seeks to fund research to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying substance use disorders, with special emphasis on identifying changes and neuroadaptations that occur during dependence, withdrawal, and relapse to chronic substance use.

Full announcement for the R01 here and R21 here.

NIH Funding for Chronic Condition Self-Management in Children and Adolescents (Deadline: Standard dates)

The NIH seeks to encourage research to improve self-management and quality of life in children and adolescents with chronic conditions. 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.

Full announcement for the R01 here and R21 here.

Formative and Pilot Intervention Research for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS (Deadline: Standard AIDS dates)

This NIH announcement encourages formative research, intervention development, and pilot-testing of interventions. Primary scientific areas of focus include the feasibility, tolerability, acceptability and safety of novel or adapted interventions that target HIV prevention or treatment.

Full announcement here.

ILLINOIS STRENGTHS IN THE SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

COSA Rankings
Illinois is #28 in federally supported R&D expenditures in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 
See complete rankings here 

Past and Present Social Science Accomplishments
Illinois faculty have been at the forefront of work that has shaped modern society:

  • Shaped US policy on financial statements
  • Established the first doctoral program in accountancy
  • Taught the world how to design surveys (Seymour Sudman)
  • Revolutionized marketing research (Jagdish Sheth)
  • Codified the role of human innovation in the face of environmental problems (Julian Simon)
  • Revolutionized organ donation (Al Roth)
  • Shaped US retirement policy (Jeff Brown)
  • Defined the study of how wars escalate (Vasquez & Althaus)
  • Showed that the brain is plastic (Greenough)
  • Established the scientific study of subjective well-being (or “happiness”; Diener)
  • Defined the field of psychometrics (Cronbach, Tucker, Cattell, Osgood)
  • Pioneered the field of community psychology (Rappaport)
  • Discovered the major pillars of culture (Triandis)
  • Demonstrated that personality can change even in old age (Roberts)
  • Transformed conservation science with the economic analysis of land management (Ando)
  • Conducts seminal research on important social programs, such as food stamps (Gundersen)
  • Provide advice to organizations like the World Bank, OECD, Social Security Administration, and the President of the United States (a few of us)

Steering Committee Members

  • Brent Roberts, Psychology, Chair
  • Kara Federmeier
  • Craig Gundersen
  • Hillary Klonoff-Cohen
  • Chris Larrison
  • Bob Lawless
  • Kevin Leicht
  • Jeff Mondak
  • Silvina Montrul
  • Dan Morrow
  • Rob Motl
  • Andrew Orta
  • Brian Quick
  • Patrick Vargas 

Faculty Publications and Achievements

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