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Director’s Update: NIMH Solicits Applications for Army Suicide Study

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NIMH has issued a request for applications (RFA) for a Collaborative Study of Suicidality and Mental Health in the U.S. Army . The funding opportunity will be in the form of a cooperative agreement with NIMH, and allows for up to five years or $50 million in total costs.

The RFA is an outgrowth of a recently signed memorandum of agreement between NIMH and the U.S. Army in which the Army will fund the multi-year study on suicide and suicidal behavior among soldiers, across all phases of Army service. It will be the largest single study on the subject of suicide that NIMH has ever undertaken. The project aims to strengthen the Army’s efforts to reduce suicide among its soldiers by identifying risk and protective factors for suicidal thinking and behavior. The study’s findings will also inform our understanding of suicide in the U.S. population overall, and may lead to more effective interventions for both soldiers and civilians.

Letters of Intent are due March 3, 2009. Applications are due April 3, 2009. The RFA is announced in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts and can be found here .