This study examined a series of National Institutes of Health Funding Opportunity Announcements designed to attract research projects studying ethical issues in human subject's research to determine whether the funding announcements stimulated extramural research on ethical issues in NIH-sponsored human subjects' research. Evaluators assessed outputs associated with a series of funding announcements targeted at human subjects' research ethics and a series of announcements related to research integrity and ethical, legal and social implications. Outputs evaluated included total number of grants received and funded, institutions and investigators supported, and topical areas proposed and supported.
In general, human subjects' research ethics funding opportunity announcements stimulated the submission of bioethics research applications and increased submissions from new investigators. Projects studying informed consent were funded more often than projects studying research oversight. Human subjects' research related projects were funded at a higher rate when they were reviewed by scientists who had expertise in ethics and/or human subjects research issues.
Report Title: Analysis of NIH's Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to Stimulate Research on Human Subjects Research (HSR) Ethics
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: Discovery Logic, Inc.
Record ID: 9395 (Report issued March 5, 2010)