Adaptation/Optimization of Technology (ADOPTech) to Support Social Functioning (R21)


Adaptation/Optimization of Technology (ADOPTech) to Support Social Functioning (R21)
Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health


A R21 Grant is an Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant

Research Strategy: Applications should discuss how the technology will produce a measureable impact on a key aspect of social functioning (e.g., social communication, perception and understanding of self or others, etc.) rather than increasing or improving a discrete behavior (e.g., eye contact). In addition, applications must discuss how the novel technology would eventually be translated into mainstream or everyday contexts (e.g., the feasibility of fully customized technologies vs. commercially available products which have been augmented for specialized use). Applications that do not address how the novel technology will be translated into mainstream contexts will be considered incomplete.

Finally, when such features are relevant, applications should address test-retest reliability, optimal duration or length of measurement, scalability of the technology, and use of indicators or metrics to determine accuracy, thresholds, and/or fidelity.

Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following modification:

All applications, regardless of the amount of direct costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has established an informatics infrastructure to enable the sharing and use of data collected from human subjects in clinical research by the entire research community. Researchers funded by this FOA are expected to deposit data from human subjects into this infrastructure. Please refer to NOT-MH-15-012 for details regarding the available data repositories.

Appendix:  Do not use the Appendix to circumvent page limits. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

For more information on a SF424 please see the example under the Grant Writing tab above.

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-MH-17-150
Funding Opportunity Title: Adaptation/Optimization of Technology (ADOPTech) to Support Social Functioning (R21)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:
CFDA Number(s): 93.242 — Mental Health Research Grants
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Posted Date: Oct 22, 2015
Creation Date: Oct 22, 2015
Original Closing Date for Applications: Feb 3, 2016  
Current Closing Date for Applications: Feb 3, 2016  
Archive Date: Mar 5, 2016
Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,500,000
Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor:


Eligible Applicants:
Private institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
City or township governments
Independent school districts
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Small businesses
County governments
State governments
Special district governments
Additional Information on Eligibility: Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISISs); Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government; Faith-based or Community-based Organizations; Hispanic-serving Institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized); Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations); Regional Organizations; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) ; U.S. Territory or Possession.

Additional Information

Agency Name: National Institutes of Health
Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to facilitate the development and testing of new, cutting-edge technologies to enhance functioning in individuals with social impairments. Projects funded under this FOA would create social prosthetics: scalable technology or devices that would augment performance in this domain.
Link to Additional Information:
Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

NIH OER Webmaster FBOWebmaster@OD.NIH.GOV
If you have any problems linking to this funding announcement, please contact the NIH OER Webmaster


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