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OppNet is a trans-NIH initiative that funds activities to build the collective body of knowledge about the nature of behavior and social systems, and that deepen our understanding of basic mechanisms of behavioral and social processes. All 24 NIH Institutes and Centers that fund research and five Program Offices within the NIH Office of the Director (ICOs) co-fund and co-manage OppNet. All OppNet initiatives invite investigators to propose innovative research that will advance a targeted domain of basic social and behavioral sciences and produce knowledge and/or tools of potential relevance to multiple domains of health- and lifecourse-related research.

Applicants should understand that the NIH Institute or Center (IC) that publishes an OppNet funding opportunity is not necessarily the NIH IC that ultimately will manage a funded OppNet project. Instead, OppNet assigns funding and project management of meritorious applications to the NIH IC whose scientific mission most closely corresponds to that of the research project targeted for funding.

OppNet uses the NIH definition of basic behavioral and social science research (b-BSSR) to determine application responsiveness.  Applications that focus primarily on applied BSSR or research topics aside from b-BSSR will be withdrawn administratively before reaching the peer review process. Consequently, OppNet strongly encourages interested researchers to consult the definitions, OppNet’s b-BSSR primer and OppNet’s answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), before determining to apply. 

The Scientific Contacts listed on each OppNet FOA have expertise on the FOA’s subject matter as well as the OppNet initiative.  OppNet’s Coordinating Committee members from NIH’s 24 Institutes and Centers and five program coordination offices also are available as resources.  OppNet recommends visiting and the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts for additional opportunities for research grants.

This page last reviewed: May 7, 2014

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