Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01)

Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01)
Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health



The behavioral and social sciences offer significant fundamental insights into the comprehensive understanding of human health, including disease etiology, prevention, treatment, and the promotion of health and well-being. To advance the investigation of behavioral and social factors in health and disease, and enhance the rigor and reproducibility of study results, the participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) invite qualified researchers to submit research grant applications on methodology and measurement in the behavioral and social sciences relevant to the missions of the NIH ICs.


Methodology encompasses research design, measurement, data collection, and data analysis techniques. Research design addresses selection of appropriate study designs, inclusion/exclusion criteria, sampling plan, study subject protections, participant engagement and recruitment, and procedures and measures to accomplish the research goals and ensure internal and external validity. Measurement addresses the quantification and characterization of study variables relevant to the research hypotheses, in a manner that maximizes the validity, reliability, and utility of the data.  Data collection techniques are the tools and procedures for acquiring, integrating and curating data from a wide range of sources, such as self-reports, geocoded mobile devices, sensors, biomarker assay platforms, and complex large-scale datasets. Analytic methods address the conceptual and technical aspects of analyzing, interpreting and reporting data to improve hypothesis testing and prediction. Advancement of methodologic research in design, measurement, data collection and data analysis will enhance the quality and power of human and animal data in health-related behavioral and social science.

Research Objectives

Applicants are encouraged but not required to address methodologic issues related to:

  • interdisciplinary, multimethod, and multilevel approaches in behavioral and social science research, including broadly applicable approaches that foster integration with biomedical, physical, or computational science research or engineering.
  • Integrating, mining and modeling behavioral and social science data in combination with genetic, epigenetic, biomarker and imaging data.
  • research in diverse populations that are distinctive by virtue of demographics, cultural or linguistic characteristics, sexual orientation or gender identity, health system, mental or physical abilities, underrepresentation in research or other factors, where the outcome would have a significant impact on improving health in that population.
  • the study of sensitive health-related behaviors in the context of healthcare, the social environment, and local/state/national policies.
  • ethics in research, such as informed consent, enrollment of minors including assent, assessment of risk and benefit, selection and retention of participants, privacy and confidentiality.

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-16-260
Funding Opportunity Title: Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:
CFDA Number(s): 93.173 — Research Related to Deafness and Communication Disorders
93.213 — Research and Training in Complementary and Integrative Health
93.273 — Alcohol Research Programs
93.313 — NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health
93.393 — Cancer Cause and Prevention Research
93.399 — Cancer Control
93.853 — Extramural Research Programs in the Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders
93.866 — Aging Research
93.867 — Vision Research
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Posted Date: May 16, 2016
Last Updated Date: May 16, 2016
Original Closing Date for Applications: Sep 07, 2019  
Current Closing Date for Applications: Sep 07, 2019  
Archive Date: Oct 08, 2019
Estimated Total Program Funding:  Not Listed
Award Ceiling:  Not Listed
Award Floor:


Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Small businesses
For profit organizations other than small businesses
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Independent school districts
County governments
Special district governments
State governments
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Private institutions of higher education
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 invite qualified researchers to submit grant applications aimed at improving and developing methodology in the behavioral and social sciences through innovations in research design, measurement, data collection and data analysis techniques.
Link to Additional Information:
Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

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