This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports pilot services research in areas that are both consistent with NIMH’s Strategic Plan and not immediately focused on development and testing of services interventions. This FOA encourages applications in the following areas: 1) studies to identify and elucidate mutable factors that impact access, utilization, quality, financing, outcomes including disparities in outcomes, or scalability of mental health services, which may serve as targets in future intervention development; 2) development and testing of new research tools, measures, or methods; or 3) testing the feasibility of integrating existing data sets to understand factors affecting access, quality, delivery or outcomes of care, 4) pilot work on the learning mental health care system model as a means to enable practical studies of the value and effectiveness of services and treatments. Studies that are focused on the development and preliminary testing of services interventions (e.g. pilot testing of patient-, provider-, organizational-, or systems- level services interventions to improve care quality, coordination, delivery, or scalability) should be submitted under RFA-MH-16-410.
The goal of this FOA is to support pilot research projects with great potential for results that will inform future studies with high public health impact. Examples of services research pilot studies that would be supported under this announcement include, but are not limited to:
- Studies to test the feasibility of integrating complex data sets to understand factors affecting access, quality, delivery, efficiency, and outcomes or disparities in outcomes of care.
- Studies to facilitate understanding of service system characteristics that facilitate or impede the delivery, coordination or integration of novel or adapted treatment, preventive or services interventions, or adjunctive services.
- Studies to develop, refine, or apply new methodological approaches in the analysis of complex and dynamic systems with the goal of demonstrating the impact of such factors on client outcomes.
- Studies to design or validate instruments to measure: changes in consumer functioning, provider practice or other relevant service intervention targets or outcomes; dissemination, implementation, or sustainability of evidence based practices; or organizational or systems variables hypothesized to contribute to delivery or outcomes of care.
- Studies that develop big data platforms and apply big data science techniques and methods to enable early detection of mental disorders across the lifespan.
- Studies to establish the feasibility of research involving the learning mental health care system model, including but not limited to: provider feedback at point of care and other strategies to improve clinical decision-making; organizational aspects to foster and sustain continuous quality improvement, strategies for embedding best-practices in care processes, etc. Pilot studies to develop and preliminarily test new payment models for coordinated service packages to treat severe mental illness with- or without comorbid conditions, or autism spectrum disorders.
Deadlines: standard dates apply.
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