NIH – High-Priority Behavioral and Social Research Networks in Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (R24 Clinical Trial Optional)

March 26, 2021 by


This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to develop new research and research infrastructure via networks for behavioral and social research on Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD); attract new researchers into behavioral and social research on AD/ADRD; infuse a focus on health disparities into AD/ADRD research; and address ongoing needs for harmonization and biomarker collection in large population panel studies to support AD/ADRD research as recommended by the 2019 BSR NACA Review. Network/infrastructure-building activities include, but are not limited to: meetings to develop novel research areas and interact on the development of infrastructure; small-scale pilots; dissemination and outreach activities; and educational activities. NIA seeks to renew critical ongoing network efforts as well as initiate new networks limited to the following priority areas: decision neuroscience and aging; measurement for dementia care in home and community-based services (HCBS); the dementia care workforce; and education and AD/ADRD.


The National Institute on Aging, Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) supports research and initiatives on the social, behavioral, and economic factors pertaining to cognitive health and AD/ADRD at both the population and individual levels. A summary of BSR AD/ADRD research objectives is available on the NIA website and in the summary of the 2019 National Advisory Council on Aging Review of the BSR program. Though a significant portion of research supported by BSR in pursuit of the NIA mission falls within a specific discipline or field, BSR encourages transdisciplinary approaches to behavioral and social research. BSR also supports data resources to support analyses that span disciplines. Importantly, BSR encourages cross-cutting research areas, including research on health disparities. The aforementioned 2019 NACA review of BSR cited health disparities among racial/ethnic groups, geographic regions, rural versus urban residents, education levels, immigrant groups, language-use groups, sexes, genders, and socioeconomic statuses as an urgent issue for health research. In response to the recommendations of the review, BSR seeks to integrate a focus on health disparities into our network initiative in order to rapidly enhance resources to study health disparities that can identify pathways to interventions that have the potential to close these health gaps in AD/ADRD research areas. Therefore, all applications must integrate health disparities either through integration of health disparities in the development of an evolving research agenda within a high priority area or as a specific aspect of research resource development proposed.

BSR supports a range of initiatives to seed integrative and transdisciplinary research that exploits new methodologies and knowledge as well as infrastructure development in emerging and high-priority areas of behavioral and social science related to aging. These areas are typically developing rapidly and require ongoing, flexible, and dynamic infrastructure support in order to advance the production of high-quality research and facilitate collaborations between scientists whose diverse areas of expertise are essential for actualizing innovative research in the field. They also require training new investigators and recruiting the best scientists to aging research to ensure continued growth in these fields. Similarly, BSR supports data infrastructure intended to support its behavioral and social research mission: large, representative, longitudinal, multidisciplinary studies integrating biomarkers with comparator studies fielded in several countries around the world. Maintaining and enhancing these data collection efforts is central to supporting cutting edge behavioral and social research in AD/ADRD.

Background information on currently supported BSR networks can be found here.

Background information on currently supported BSR Data Resources for Behavioral and Social Research on Aging can be found here.

Key Dates:

Letter of Intent Due Date(s): May 23, 2021

Application Due Date: June 23, 2021

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