This FOA encourages innovative research to improve our understanding of how to increase and maintain health-enhancing physical activity to make meaningful and lasting change, with an emphasis on multi-level interventions that have the potential to be scalable, implementable, and sustained in real-world settings. Interventions to be tested should seek to increase participants’ progression toward achieving the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans as appropriate to the participants’ health, abilities, and conditions. The intent of this announcement is to address physical activity as it relates to conditions other than obesity or energy balance, such as cardiorespiratory fitness, reduced rates of cancer, bone health, mental health, or substance abuse. The interventions to be tested can include diverse strategies delivered at multiple levels to promote health-enhancing physical activity as a primary outcome. This FOA also seeks studies that address a wide range of population groups across the lifespan (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, children, elderly populations, persons with medical conditions, and persons with disabilities). Investigators are encouraged to build on prior research to refine interventions and to make use of innovative partnerships within and across sectors (e.g., partnerships with community organizations, faith-based organizations, businesses, government, and/or healthcare providers) as needed to implement the proposed multi-level intervention.
For investigators that need sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations, pilot, or refine interventions previously used in different settings or populations, please see the companion Exploratory/Developmental Phased Innovation (R21/R33) PAR-14-321.
Deadline: standard dates apply
Filed Under: Funding Opportunities