NIH – Self-Management Interventions and Technologies to Sustain Health and Optimize Functional Capabilities (R01, R21)

October 31, 2016 by School of Medicine Webmaster

The following description was taken from the R01 version of this FOA:

The Institute of Medicine estimates that at any given time, approximately 14% of Americans live with functional disabilities. Current models and interventions to sustain health and optimize function of these individuals have limited effectiveness over the long term. Self-management is the ability of individuals, in conjunction with family, caregivers, communities, and healthcare professionals, to manage activities of daily living, prevent illness and disabilities and support healthy behaviors.  Successful restoration and maintenance of functional capabilities is usually focused on point of discharge from care facilities, but many individuals need long-term interventions to maintain or enhance function.  Measures of success include gains in functional status and quality of life and resumption of meaningful roles in day-to-day interactions with family, colleagues and communities. However, there is limited research on interventions including innovative technologies that provide for sustained, long term functional independence and self-management.

Individuals with disabilities due to the presence of chronic conditions or developmental disorders live within the context of a community that may include a family, a social group, or other supports.  The interplay of individuals and their contexts is a key priority area for NIH and NINR. As the population ages, the degree of disability in the community will increase, as will the need for services to maintain function, support individuals with chronic conditions that limit activity, and assist caregivers and families who provide formal and informal assistance to individuals with disabilities.

Due to one or more disabilities, individuals may experience limitations in function that make it difficult to engage in activities of daily living without accommodations or support. Persons with these functional limitations would benefit from innovative self-management strategies and technologies to sustain/restore functional capabilities that improve quality of life. Technological tools provide a great potential avenue to improve health and quality of life in persons with conditions needing assistance to optimize and maintain existing functional capabilities, prevent/delay disabilities and navigate their environment. Applications submitted to this FOA are encouraged to incorporate patient outcomes into the research studies proposed.

Research Objectives

Research projects of interest include those that seek to:

  • Develop self-management approaches that can sustain health and improve quality of life for persons with functional limitations
  • Identify technologies for self-management (e.g., telemedicine, mobile or web-based communications) that sustain and maintain functional capabilities and support independence for persons with functional limitations
  • Design tailored self-management interventions appropriate to age, race, socioeconomic background, and cultural characteristics of individuals with functional limitations
  • Develop self-management approaches that are common to more than one chronic condition and associated functional limitation

This FOA focuses on clinical research only. Studies using animal models, pharmaceutical agents, herbal medicines, dietary supplements, probiotics, or other alternative medicines will not be considered for funding. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the NINR Strategic Plan to ensure that their research addresses current strategic priorities. Other resources available to applicants include NINR’s Innovative Questions (IQ). Applicants are encouraged to consult with NINR Scientific/Research staff to explore these priority areas and to help determine the appropriateness of the research project to the FOA.

Interdisciplinary collaborations that include nurse scientists in the project team are strongly encouraged. Additionally, applicants should consider engaging the resources and expertise of nearby or otherwise available Clinical and Translational Science Award grant sites (CTSAs) and/or federally funded research centers where possible.

Deadlines:  standard dates apply


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