Reporting Avenues for Concerns Related to Integrity or Fairness

SBIR/STTR applications reviewed by RPHB 16 cover a wide range of biobehavioral, psychosocial, educational, preventive, clinical and health-care delivery studies at individual, community and population levels, across the human lifespan.

The focus is on (a) interventions, technologies, and tools to improve outcomes for psychiatric conditions and associated behaviors, and legal and illegal substance use and substance use disorders; (b) strategies to address health disparities related to psychiatric and substance use conditions; (c) community-based interventions to improve outcomes for individuals facing a variety of interpersonal issues; and (d) alternative or complementary medicine approaches to manage emotional and physical health.

Review Dates

Topics


  • Strategies and tools to identify, prevent, and mitigate negative outcomes associated with psychiatric conditions and associated behaviors.  This includes psychotic disorders, depression, anxiety, stress, OCD, PTSD/TBI, suicidality, sleep disorders, and multimorbidity.
  • Intervention and technologies aimed at preventing, managing, and mitigating negative outcomes associated with substance use disorders.  This includes legal and illegal substances, such as opioids, marijuana, cocaine, alcohol and tobacco use.
  • Strategies and tools to address health disparities related to psychiatric and substance use conditions.
  • Community-based interventions to reduce bullying, interpersonal violence, risk-taking behavior in school, home, primary care and other settings, and community reentry from incarceration.
  • Tools and interventions to reduce risk for physical injury, improve driver safety, and child safety in schools and other settings.
  • Complementary and alternative medical approaches to manage physical health and emotional well-being across the lifespan, including tai chi, yoga, acupuncture, and mindfulness.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Small Business: Disease Management, Risk Prevention and Health Behavior Change (RPHB 10): RPHB 16 and RPHB 10 have a shared focus in applications on human health and behavioral intervention and prevention. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 16 if they are related to addictions, safety, community health services, mental illness and associated behavioral risks, sleep, and complementary and alternative approaches to medical conditions. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 10 if they are related to health behavior and disease risk in cancer, cardiovascular, weight/obesity, etc.

Small Business: Neuropathology, Developmental Disability, and STEM Education (RPHB (12): RPHB 12 and RPHB 16 have a shared focus in applications on human health, developmental disorders, and behavioral intervention and prevention. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 16 if they are related to addictions, safety, community health services, mental illness and associated behavioral risks, sleep, and complementary and alternative approaches to medical conditions. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 12 if they are related to neuro-developmental functioning, communicative disorders, and general science education.

Small Business: Health Informatics (HDM 11): RPHB 16 and HDM 11 have a shared focus in applications on health technologies and health informatics. Applications are reviewed in HDM 11 if they are related to the development of methods of electronic health data collection, statistical package and platform, and large-scale integration with providers, libraries, and institutions. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 16 if the focus is on improving individual of family-level outcomes.

Emerging Technologies and Training in Neurosciences IRG (ETTN): RPHB 16 and ETTN have a shared focus in applications on human neuroscience and cognition. Applications are reviewed in ETTN if they are related to development of sensors, devices, and monitors (e.g., hearing aids, biomarkers, robots, etc.) in the areas of cognitive disorders, brain injury, sleep, vision disorders and trauma. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 16 if the focus is on applying technologies to improving individual outcomes through behavioral change.

Interdisciplinary Molecular Sciences and Training IRG (IMST): RPHB 16 and IMST have a shared interest in applications on bioengineering devices and technologies. Applications are reviewed in IMST if they are related to diagnostic technologies and imaging, classification systems, sensors for monitoring and measuring health, multi-omics and biomarkers. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 16 if they involve devices or diagnostic technologies to influence addiction, mental health and associated health behavior or risk.

Musculoskeletal, Oral and Skin Sciences IRG (MOSS): RPHB 16 and MOSS have a shared interest in applications on human physical health and rehabilitation. Applications involving treatment strategies for musculoskeletal, dental, and skin diseases or disorders, including rehabilitation strategies, orthopedic procedures, implants, assistive technologies, and prosthetic devices are reviewed in MOSS. Applications are reviewed in RPHB 16 if they involve rehabilitation or assistive technologies on behavioral measures to reduce physical injury.