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Small Business: Risk Prevention and health Behavior across the Lifespan Special Emphasis Panels [RPHB 10, 11, 12]

SBIR/STTR applications reviewed by the RPHB IRG cover a wide range of biobehavioral, psychosocial, educational, and technological approaches to (a) reduce and prevent the risk of disease and disability on an individual level, (b) improve treatment and management of such, and (c) address the bio-psycho-social mechanisms of health behavior and assistive technology. When warranted by the number of applications, the RPHB Small Business Special Emphasis Panels (SEPs) might include the following: RPHB (10): Disease, Addiction and Health Related Behavioral change; RPHB (11): Epidemiology and Informatics Related Prevention; and RPHB (12): Psycho/Neuropathology, Lifespan Development, and Science Education.



  • Prevention directed at individual risk-related behavior change: smoking, drug/alcohol abuse, child and spousal violence, and physical injury.
  • Individual and family-focused education for increasing physical activity, improving nutrition, and weight management.
  • Complementary and alternative medicine approaches to reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease, stress, and women's health issues (e.g., menopause, cancer).
  • Support for caregivers of those with chronic conditions, both mental and physical, including assistive devices for patients in nursing homes or assisted living situations, but excluding basic device development.
  • Personal self-management of chronic illnesses, such as medication compliance and treatment adherence including treatment decision-making and psychosocial influences on and consequences of illnesses such as pain, asthma, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis.
  • Childhood and teen behavior change and parent education in general or special populations (e.g., adoptive and foster parents).
  • Developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, learning disabilities, and ADHD).
  • Speech, deafness, language, and reading (including augmentative and alternative communication devices and automated translation devices).
  • Psychopathology (e.g., schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety disorders) and co-morbid substance abuse; Neuropsychology, psychophysiology and sleep/wakefulness.
  • Health sciences education, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and educational technology (distributed education, simulation/VR, testing/assessment, learning modules, teaching-labs/spaces, etc.) for PreK-16, graduate/professional school, and the non-professional (e.g., patient education and informal education).

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