New Funding Opportunities from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Research on COVID-19 and Schools

April 9, 2021

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): COVID-19 Related School Disruptions Impact on Mental Health, Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development of Children

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This notice applies to due dates on or after June 5, 2021 and subsequent receipt dates through September 8, 2022.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is issuing this NOSI to highlight interest in research to understand the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children ages 3-12. NIMH is particularly interested in research that will improve understanding of the potential impact of primary instruction setting disruptions (e.g., preschool, elementary school) on the mental health, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children. Data will aid in balancing health risks for various public health mitigation strategies affecting children in the current pandemic as well as inform preparation and response to future public health emergencies.


Notice of Intent to Publish a Research Opportunity Announcement for RADx-UP Return to School Diagnostic Testing Approaches (OT2 Clinical Trial Optional)

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Letters of interest are due April 16, 2021, 5:00 PM local time of the applicant organization.

NIH plans to publish a Research Opportunity (RO) as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations (RADxSM-UP) initiative to call for research on COVID-19 diagnostic testing approaches to safely return children and staff to in-person schooling in underserved and vulnerable communities. The goal of RADxSM-UP is to reduce COVID-19 associated morbidity and mortality disparities for those vulnerable and underserved populations that are disproportionately affected by, have the highest infection rates of, and/or are most at risk for adverse outcomes from contracting the virus. This Notice encourages researchers to use new and existing partnerships with key stakeholders to develop and implement specific, targeted approaches for school testing strategies to safely return children and staff to in-person school environments in underserved communities.


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