Current RFAs

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Projects on Emotional Well-being and Economic Burden-Related Pilot Studies


The EMOT-ECON network invites applications for pilot awards to provide project support for new or established investigators in the EMOT-ECON area of research. These pilot projects must involve primary data collection or secondary data analyses on EMOT-ECON research. Applications will be accepted in the following priority areas: 

  • Ontology and measurement of emotional well-being (EWB) research to capture components of EWB in people with economic burden of disease. 
  • Mechanistic research to identify mechanisms linking economic burden of disease to EWB. 
  • Prevention research to identify intervention strategies (e.g., stress-management, mind-body interventions, education, financial navigation interventions) that help individuals effectively cope with economic burden of disease and financial hardship and maintain or improve EWB. 

Applications that focus on economic burden or financial hardship broadly defined and not related to disease or focus on EWB only or economic burden of disease only, will be considered nonresponsive to this call. 

Building on an established coping theory (Lazarus and Folkman, 1984), the EMOT-ECON network seeks to understand how the economic burden of disease is appraised by individuals and families (i.e. stressful vs. not stressful), how individuals and families cope with the stressor, and how coping efforts ultimately impact EWB. For this RFA, preference will be given to applications that investigate the circumstances by which aspects of the economic burden of disease are experienced as stressors, addressing a significant gap in knowledge and a critical component of our guiding conceptual framework ( Research questions may include, but be not limited to: 

  • Which psychological factors determine whether the economic burden of disease, or any of its components, is perceived as a stressor? 
  • Which other factors impact whether the economic burden of disease is experienced as stressor? 
  • What are the elements of economic burden of disease (e.g., costs of treatment, loss of income) that are perceived as stressors, and by whom? 

RFA Guidelines and Terms of the Award

Funding Amount: $50,000 available* (2-3 grants may be funded) 
Letter of Intent Due: July 1, 2022, by 11:59 PM (CT) 
Invited Applications Due: August 1, 2022, by 11:59 PM (CT)  
Announcement of Recipients: November 1, 2022 
Projected Start Date (estimated): February 1, 2023 

*The EMOT-ECON pilot award funding mechanism offered through NCCIH grant # U24AT011310 does not fund indirect costs. All funds must go directly towards the research project. 

Click here to learn about the EMOT-ECON Conceptual Framework.

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