The Johns Hopkins ALACRITY Center for Health and Longevity in Mental Illness, funded by a NIMH P50, is pleased to announce Requests for Proposals for our 2020 Pilot Grant Program on topics related to improving physical health and addressing premature mortality for persons with serious mental illness. Johns Hopkins postdoctoral fellows and faculty at all levels are welcome to apply and can request funding for 1-2 years up to $50,000 per year.

We are extending the concept note submission deadline for the ALACRITY Center Request for Proposals for our 2020 Pilot Grant Program. Concept notes are now due Friday, April 10, 2020.

The ALACRITY Center pilot grant program is an opportunity to serve as the Principal Investigator of a NIMH-funded pilot grant. The pilot grant program will support investigators conducting R03-scope studies on topics related to improving physical health among people with serious mental illness. Competitive proposals will make a clear case for how their pilot work will be leveraged into future NIH-funded research.

Examples of topics of interest include:

  • Development and/or evaluation of implementation strategies (e.g. provider trainings, audit-and-feedback tools, performance coaching, see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25889199) to scale-up evidence-based interventions to improve physical health for people with serious mental illness.
  • Epidemiological or health services studies examining disparities in physical health outcomes or physical health care access/quality among people with serious mental illness.
  • Development of consumer-centered outcome measures of quality of physical healthcare among people with serious mental illness.
  • Evaluation of financing models for delivering evidence-based interventions to improve physical health among people with serious mental illness.
  • Methodological innovations related to generating and using data to inform scale-up of effective interventions, e.g., advances in sequential or stepped randomized trial designs or systems science work modeling the potential effects of intervention scale-up in the U.S. population with serious mental illness.
  • Cost-effectiveness studies of evidence-based interventions to improve physical health among people with serious mental illness.
  • Pilot interventions to address priority physical health conditions (see page 1) among people with serious mental illness.
  • HIV/AIDS

For more details regarding ALACRITY Center research projects and priorities, see our website: https://www.hopkinsalacritycenter.com/

For questions, contact: alacritycenter@jhmi.edu.

Submit concept notes to alacritycenter@jhmi.edu by 5:00pm EST on Friday, April 10, 2020.

For the full RFA, click here.

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