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Fall 2013 Solicitation for NIMH Outreach Partnership Program

For Alaska, the District of Columbia, Michigan, and Missouri

(A list of current Outreach Partners can be found at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/outreach/partnership-program/outreach-partners.shtml)

Prepared by Outreach Partnership Program, Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison, National Institute of Mental Health

October 29, 2013

Contents

Solicitation

Preparing the Proposal

NIMH Outreach Partnership Program Solicitation

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is soliciting proposals for its Outreach Partnership Program from organizations Alaska, the District of Columbia, Michigan, and Missouri. Non-profit organizations that conduct outreach focused on mental health are invited to submit proposals. Organizations with experience in mental health disparities as defined by race or ethnicity, age (e.g., children, adolescents, transitional age youth, older adults), education or income, disability status, geographic location, risk status related to sex and gender, and among other populations identified to be at-risk for health disparities such as immigrants, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI), and military service members and their families are encouraged to apply.

Funding under this solicitation is awarded for one (1) year and renewable for two (2) subsequent years for organizations that meet all Program requirements, contingent upon continued funding for the Program. The Outreach Partnership Program supports 55 Outreach Partners: one (1) in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The states of California, New York, and Texas each have two (2) Outreach Partners.

Each Outreach Partner operates independently of the NIMH and is selected through a competitive process in which applications are reviewed by experts internal and external to NIMH. A list of current Outreach Partners can be found at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/outreach/partnership-program/outreach-partners.shtml.

Organizations with non-profit, tax exempt status may jointly apply to this solicitation.


Program Requirements

The requirements for participation in the Outreach Partnership Program are listed below and described in detail in the Statement of Work section:

  1. Designate a person to manage the organization’s participation in the Outreach Partnership Program. This person will serve as the primary contact for NIMH. Applicants must also identify a backup contact person;
  2. Attend the Outreach Partnership Program annual meeting and participate in Program-related education and training activities such as teleconferences;
  3. Disseminate NIMH research findings and science-based educational materials in their respective state;
  4. Conduct outreach project(s) addressing mental health disparities that occur by race or ethnicity, age (e.g., children, adolescents, transitional age youth, older adults), education or income, disability status, geographic location, risk status related to sex and gender, and among other populations identified to be at-risk for health disparities such as immigrants, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI), and military service members and their families;
  5. Promote participation in NIMH and National Institutes of Health (NIH) research;
  6. Work with researchers to the extent feasible; and
  7. Submit online quarterly progress reports (due April 30, July 31, October 31, and January 31) and a brief end-of-year narrative progress report (January 31).

Organizational Eligibility

In order to be considered for an award, applicant organizations must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be located and have a mailing address in the state/location for which they are applying;
  • Be a non-governmental tax exempt organization, with non-profit status, under any section of the United States tax code; and/or a state or local higher education institution, with non-profit status, under any section of the United States tax code;
  • Meet the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity requirements;
  • Have an active record in the System for Award Management (SAM), formerly Central Contractor Registration, and the capacity to renew the record annually (The SAM is located at https://www.sam.gov/sam/ ); and
  • Demonstrate financial solvency.

Organizational Capabilities

To be considered for an award, applicant organizations must:

  • Demonstrate stable infrastructure (i.e., governance structure, financial stability, and sources of funding);
  • Demonstrate adequate staffing to fulfill the Outreach Partnership Program requirements;
  • Have electronic communication capabilities, namely regular access to e-mail, and a website that is maintained and can be modified to include a description of the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program and links to the following:
  • Demonstrate experience and/or capability in disseminating science-based information statewide;
  • Demonstrate experience and/or capability in conducting science-based mental health education and outreach (e.g., trainings, workshops, etc.) at the state or local level.
  • Demonstrate experience or capability to promote mental health research (e.g., clinical trials promotion, working with researchers, etc.).

Benefits to Outreach Partners

The Outreach Partnership Program will provide the following benefits during the contract term [i.e., 12 months with the potential for two (2) additional years].

Funding
Outreach Partners receive an annual award of $7,500. NIMH recognizes that the award amount may not cover the entire costs of the required tasks, and encourages Partners to leverage it to secure and/or supplement other resources. All costs associated with performing the required tasks, and meeting the timeline and deliverables schedule shall be the responsibility of each Outreach Partner organization.

Education, Training and Networking
NIMH covers the costs for one (1) staff member from each Outreach Partner organization to attend the Program’s annual meeting. For organizations that submit a joint application, NIMH will support the travel costs for one (1) of the organizations to attend the annual meeting. The annual meeting brings together researchers, Outreach and National Partners, NIMH staff, and representatives from other Federal agencies. At this meeting, Outreach Partners learn about research advances related to the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders. Outreach Partners also benefit from networking with each other and learning about other Outreach and National Partners’ resources and initiatives. NIMH also facilitates networking through a Partners-only website, listserv, and teleconferences.

Materials
Outreach Partners have dedicated access to NIMH publications and other materials at no cost. In addition, Outreach Partners receive, via electronic distribution, the biweekly Update, which summarizes the latest mental health research findings, recently released Federal grant opportunities, and new government resources. NIMH may provide adaptable outreach tools and materials to support outreach and education efforts that coincide, for instance, with special observances like National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and World Suicide Prevention Day. Outreach Partners also are provided with an NIMH button to highlight the organization’s participation in the Outreach Partnership Program on their website.

Other Benefits
Outreach Partners have opportunities to provide NIMH with feedback on research priorities, which support the development of the national mental health research agenda. Through dialogue at the Program’s annual meeting and other venues as well as the Program’s progress reports, these insights from Outreach Partners help NIMH better understand and meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population. Outreach Partners also have opportunities for networking and collaborating with NIMH-funded researchers and other experts in the field. NIMH Outreach Partnership Program staff provide assistance in identifying local researchers if requested by Outreach Partners. To the extent possible, NIMH Outreach Partnership Program staff also assist Outreach Partners in gathering resources about research on various topics.

Background on NIMH

NIMH, one of 27 institutes and centers at the NIH, is the lead Federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

NIMH envisions a world in which mental illnesses are prevented and cured. The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. This public health mandate demands that the Institute harness powerful scientific tools to achieve better understanding, treatment, and eventually, prevention of these disabling conditions that affect millions of Americans. To fulfill its mission, the Institute:

  • Conducts research on mental disorders and the underlying basic science of the brain and behavior;
  • Supports research on these topics at research settings throughout the United States and the world;
  • Collects, analyzes and disseminates information on the causes, occurrence, and treatment of mental illnesses;
  • Supports the training of more than 1,000 scientists each year to carry out basic and clinical mental health research; and
  • Communicates with scientists, current and past users of mental health services, families, the news media, primary care and mental health professionals and others about mental illnesses, the brain, behavior, and opportunities and research advances in these areas.

The success of the Institute’s mission depends on the effective collaboration of all stakeholders in the field of mental health. This requires strengthening current partnerships and working to build new ones so that the Institute understands the needs, capabilities, and limitations of the field as it works with its partners and other stakeholders to move the science forward. For additional information on the Institute and its mission, goals, and activities, please visit http://www.nimh.nih.gov.

Description of the Outreach Partnership Program

The Outreach Partnership Program is a nationwide initiative of the NIMH Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison. The Program works to increase the public’s access to science-based mental health information through partnerships with national and state nonprofit organizations. The Program also is committed to reaching historically underserved populations. The Program also strives to enhance opportunities for the public to benefit from participation in research. These partnerships provide NIMH with the opportunity to engage community organizations in dialogue to better understand the needs, questions, and concerns of those intended to benefit from the research the Institute supports. The Outreach Partnership Program is vital to NIMH’s efforts to deliver science-based information to communities across the country. Specifically, the Program is designed to:

  • Foster more widespread understanding about mental disorders, the brain, and behavior, thereby helping to reduce misperceptions and negative attitudes towards mental illness;
  • Increase awareness of the role of basic, translational, and clinical research in the understanding, prevention, and treatment of mental illnesses; and
  • Increase awareness about the opportunities to benefit from participation in mental health research.

For more information about Outreach Partner activities, visit: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/outreach/partnership-program/partner-activities.shtml

Statement of Work – Required Tasks

Task 1: Managing the Project

Outreach Partner organizations must have a designated person who is responsible for the management of the organization’s participation in the Program, including accomplishing the tasks, ensuring that all education and outreach efforts are based on current science, and preparing contract deliverables. This person serves as the primary point of contact for NIMH. Outreach Partner organizations also must have a designated backup contact person. The primary or backup contact must participate in NIMH Outreach Partnership Program activities, including the Program’s annual meeting, and other Program-related education and training opportunities offered by NIMH.

Outreach Partner organizations are required to have adequate staff to accomplish the Program requirements and submit online quarterly progress reports by the due dates. Outreach Partner organizations also are required to monitor, collect data, and report quarterly related to their broad dissemination of science-based information, mental health outreach and education, and activities to promote participation in research and collaborate with researchers.

The online progress reports collect data and information about Program-related activities such as:

  • Types of NIMH materials and information disseminated;
  • Methods used to disseminate materials and information (e.g., listserv, newsletter, website, traditional and online media outreach, etc.);
  • Number of individuals who received these materials; and
  • How NIMH information was incorporated into activities and/or materials.

NIMH is committed to helping Outreach Partners enhance their ability to provide mental health education and outreach, and expects a reciprocal commitment from each Outreach Partner. Outreach Partners are asked to demonstrate this commitment by taking full advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Attend the Program’s annual meeting;
  • Participate in the flow of information among Partners by contributing to discussions on the listserv established for Outreach Partners;
  • Utilize the NIMH and Outreach Partnership Program websites and NIMH educational materials; and
  • Participate in Program teleconferences and other Program-related activities.

Outreach Partners also are required to post and maintain the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program description (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/outreach/partnership-program) on their organization’s website as well as links to the:

Task 2: Disseminating NIMH Research Findings and Science-based Educational Materials

Outreach Partner organizations are required to widely disseminate NIMH research findings and educational materials to a variety of audiences throughout their state. NIMH asks Outreach Partners to distribute information through multiple channels such as:

  • Member/partner/affiliate listservs;
  • Traditional and online media;
  • Website and social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, YouTube);
  • Conferences and meetings;
  • Community events; and
  • Online and print newsletters/publications.

Outreach Partners have access to the latest scientific findings, publications, and other educational materials from the Program to carry out these activities.

Task 3: Conducting Outreach on Mental Health Disparities

Outreach Partner organizations are required to conduct science-based education and outreach project(s) addressing the needs of populations that experience mental health disparities as defined by race or ethnicity, age (e.g., children, adolescents, transitional age youth, older adults), education or income, disability status, geographic location, risk status related to sex and gender, and among other populations identified to be at-risk for health disparities such as immigrants, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI), and military service members and their families.

Outreach Partner organizations are required to conduct science-based education and outreach addressing:

  • Mental health consumers;
  • Parents and/or caregivers of individuals with mental disorders;
  • Mental health, primary care, or other health providers;
  • Schools and/or Institutes for higher education;
  • Professional and civic groups;
  • Faith-based communities;
  • Employers;
  • Community mental health centers;
  • Hospitals and/or community health clinics; and
  • Criminal justice and/or law enforcement.

These activities may address specific topics such as suicide, traumatic stress and trauma-related mental disorders (such as those associated with history of interpersonal violence, manmade and natural disasters, and/or deployment and combat), or other mental health issues.

Task 4: Advancing Research

Outreach Partner organizations are required to promote volunteer participation in research and clinical trials sponsored by NIMH and NIH (as appropriate), including among diverse racial and ethnic groups, and work with researchers in their state to the extent feasible. Note: A clinical trial (also known as clinical studies or clinical research) is generally considered to be biomedical or health-related research in human beings that follows a pre-defined protocol to answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work in people and ways to improve health. For more information, go to: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov .

Requirements include:

  • Maintaining links on the Outreach Partner organization’s website to the NIMH Clinical Trials webpage (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/trials/index.shtml) and the NIH Clinical Trials website (http://www.clinicaltrials.gov), as referenced in Task 1;
  • Distributing NIMH and/or NIH materials on participation in clinical research, such as NIMH’s brochure, A Participant’s Guide to Mental Health Clinical Research (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/a-participants-guide-to-mental-health-clinical-research/index.shtml), and/or NIH information on understanding clinical trials (http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/info/understand ); and
  • Informing constituents about NIMH- and NIH-sponsored research studies that are actively recruiting participants, including among diverse racial and ethnic groups, using information available on http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/  and in the Program’s biweekly Update newsletter. For information about NIMH- and NIH-funded studies recruiting participants, visit: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov .
  • Collaborating or working with researcher(s) who is actively engaged in research related to mental health and affiliated with a university, teaching hospital, or research center to enhance local outreach and education, and research promotion and participation. Examples of activities may include, but are not limited to:
    • Serving as a resource for universities and research institutions in determining priorities for conducting mental health research;
    • Promoting clinical trials conducted by the researcher(s);
    • Conducting community presentations;
    • Participating in an Internal Review Board; and
    • Developing a joint community education and/or research project.

Note: Outreach Partner organizations do not need an established relationship with a researcher(s) in place at the time of award, but need to demonstrate their commitment to working with researchers. NIMH-funded researchers are preferred, but not required. NIMH can assist Outreach Partners in identifying a grantee(s) in their state or community. The requirement to collaborate with researchers may not apply to Outreach Partner organizations with a primary research focus (e.g., universities).

Reporting Requirements and Deliverables

In addition to completing the tasks above, Outreach Partners must complete and submit the following:

  • Online quarterly progress reports on or before the due date (April 30, July 31, October 31, and January 31) and a brief end-of-year narrative report (January 31).
  • An invoice, submitted once a year following completion of the end-of-year report. Note: The first year’s stipend will be paid within the first quarter, and after submission of the end-of-year report in subsequent years.

Failure to comply with Program requirements may result in forfeiture of participation.

Proposal Review and Evaluation Criteria

Applicant proposals will be reviewed by a panel of experts in the field. Reviewers will score each proposal based on the evaluation criteria outlined below and will make recommendations to NIMH. Final selection of Outreach Partners will be made by NIMH.

Organizational Capabilities (35 Points)
Review will be based upon experience and capability to disseminate science-based information and conduct mental health outreach and education in its designated state. Review also will be based upon the organization’s demonstrated stable infrastructure and existing electronic communication capacities.

Task 1: Managing the Project (20 points)
Review will be based upon demonstrated ability to manage the project, including appropriate staffing, and experience and capability to monitor and report data about activities associated with the Program’s required tasks.

Task 2: Disseminating NIMH Research Findings and Science-based Educational Materials (15 points)
Review will be based upon adequacy and creativity of the plan for dissemination of NIMH research findings and educational materials statewide, the breadth of audiences that may be reached, channels utilized to reach these audiences, and the plan to collect data related to these activities.

Task 3: Conducting Outreach on Mental Health Disparities (15 points)
Review will be based upon demonstrated experience in conducting outreach addressing populations experiencing mental health disparities, as well as adequacy and creativity of the plan, rationale for the focus of activities, desired outcome(s), demonstrated ability to form a variety of relationships with community and civic groups, and plan to monitor and report data related to these activities.

Task 4: Advancing Research (15 points)
Review will be based upon demonstrated experience in increasing awareness about opportunities to participate in research and working with researchers, and the adequacy and creativity of the plan.

Organizational Eligibility
Organizations not providing adequate evidence of eligibility will not be considered.

Total Points: 100

Preparing the Proposal

Timeline

  • Solicitation posted: October 29, 2013
  • December 18, 2013, 11:59 PM ET
  • Awards announced: February 2014

Proposal Instructions

  • Read the full Program Solicitation before writing your proposal.
  • Review all required Proposal Questions.
  • Register or update your organization’s record in the System for Award Management (SAM) (http://www.sam.gov ) database. Have the organization’s Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) available when accessing SAM and preparing your proposal.
  • Gather the following documents:
    • Cover letter signed by an officer of the applicant organization with the authority to commit the organization to the proposal contents.
    • Copy of the letter from the Internal Revenue Service confirming the organization’s non-profit status.
    • Copy of the organization auditor’s opinion letter.
    • Copy of the organization’s Federal Equal Employment Opportunity policy.
    • Resume for the Primary Contact Person.
    • Resume for the Backup Contact Person.
    • Letter(s) of commitment from researcher(s) if a relationship is established.

Enter your proposal in the NIMH Outreach Partner Proposal System, accessible off the Solicitation page: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/outreach/partnership-program/solicitation-process/outreach-partners-solicitation-process.shtml

Proposals are due Wednesday, December 18, 2013 11:59 PM ET.

PROPOSAL QUESTIONS

Submit responses via the NIMH Outreach Partner Proposal System, accessible off the Solicitation page: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/outreach/partnership-program/solicitation-process/outreach-partners-solicitation-process.shtml

Organization and Contact Information

Complete the following information about the applicant organization. Attach cover letter.
Organization Name:
Street Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Phone:
Fax:
Website URL:
Organization Email Address:
DUNS:
Primary Contact Person
Enter contact information for the person who will be responsible for management of the organization's work for the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program and serve as the primary point of contact for NIMH staff. This individual should have experience in mental health education and outreach and will be involved in the organization's day-to-day NIMH Outreach Partner activities (can be the Executive Director of the organization). Attach resume.
Prefix:
First Name:
Last Name:
Degree(s):
Title:
Organization:
Street Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Phone:
Email Address:
Backup Contact Person
Enter information for the person who will serve as the backup contact for the Program. Attach resume.
Prefix:
First Name:
Last Name:
Degree(s):
Title:
Organization:
Street Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Phone:
Email Address:
Joint Application
Is this a joint application? __ Yes __ No
If yes, please complete the following information about the partnering organization(s):
Organization Name:
Street Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Phone:
Fax:
Website URL:
Organization Email Address:
Joint Applicant Contact Person
Prefix:
First Name:
Last Name:
Degree(s):
Title:
Organization:
Street Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
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Organizational Eligibility
Provide information that demonstrates the organization meets the Outreach Partnership Program eligibility requirements. Organizations not providing adequate evidence of eligibility will not be considered. [Refer to page 2 of the Solicitation.]

  1. Evidence that the organization is tax exempt, with a non-profit status under any section of the United States tax code. Attach a copy of letter from the Internal Revenue Service.
  2. Evidence that the organization meets Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) requirements. Attach a copy of the organization’s formal EEO policy.
    If the organization does not have a formal written EEO policy, provide a justification for why the organization does not have an EEO policy. (Response limited to 1000 characters.)
  3. Does the organization have an active record in the System for Award Management (SAM), formerly Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database? __ Yes __ No
    a) If yes, expiration date for the SAM, formerly CCR record:_______
    b) If no, provide explanation. (Response limited to 500 characters.)
  4. Evidence of the organization’s financial solvency.
    a) Attach a copy of an auditor’s opinion letter from the most recent audited financial statements.
    b) If the organization was advised to address issues in the auditor letter, describe how it has addressed or is addressing those issues. (Response limited to 1000 characters.)
    c) If the organization does not have an auditor’s opinion letter, provide a justification for why the organization does not have an auditor’s opinion letter. (Response limited to 1000 characters.)

Organizational Capabilities
Total Points: 35
Provide a description of the organization’s mission, activities, and capacity to perform the requirements of the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program. Review will be based upon the organization’s experience and capability to disseminate science-based information and conduct mental health outreach and education in its designated state. Review also will be based upon the organization’s demonstrated stable infrastructure, and existing electronic communication capacities. [Refer to Organizational Capabilities on pages 2-3 of Solicitation.]

  1. Describe the organization’s mission. (Response limited to 1000 characters.)
  2. Describe overlap between the organization’s goals and the goals of the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program. (Response limited to 2000 characters.) [Refer to Description of Outreach Partnership Program on page 5 of Solicitation.]
  3. Describe the geographic and population reach of the programs and services delivered by the organization. (Response limited to 2000 characters.)
  4. Describe the organization’s staffing, including paid and unpaid staff. (Response limited to 2000 characters.)
  5. If applicable, describe how many affiliates, chapters, and/or members the organization has. (Response limited to 2000 characters.)
  6. Describe the organization’s governance structure and/or composition of the Board. (Response limited to 2000 characters.)
  7. Describe the organization's involvement in state, regional, and local networks, including government affiliations. For example, describe the organization’s participation in state or local committees/coalitions, and its advisory role on issues related to state or local initiatives. (Response limited to 4000 characters.)
  8. Describe the organization’s experience and capability in disseminating science-based information in the state that it is applying for. Indicate the types of activities/methods (e.g., newsletters, websites, media outreach, social media, events, etc.) and networks used to disseminate information broadly, as well as the number and types of audiences reached through these efforts. (Response limited to 6000 characters.)
  9. Describe the organization’s experience and capability in conducting science-based mental health education and outreach. Include the types of activities (e.g., trainings, workshops, webinars, etc.) and the number and types of audiences reached through these efforts. (Response limited to 6000 characters.)
  10. Describe the organization’s financial stability and sources of funding (i.e., public and foundation grants, private sector funding, and donors/members, etc.). (Response limited to 2500 characters.)
  11. Describe the organization’s electronic communication capacity (e.g., e-mail, website, social media, etc.), and how content and quality control is maintained. (Response limited to 2500 characters.)

Joint Application
Describe briefly the partnering organization’s experience and capabilities as they relate to the tasks associated with the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program (i.e., science dissemination, mental health education and outreach, research promotion, and working with researcher/s). (Response limited to 4000 characters.)
[ ] Not a joint application

Task 1: Managing the Project

Total Points: 20
Review will be based upon demonstrated ability to manage the project including appropriate staffing, and experience and capability to monitor and report data about activities associated with the Program’s required tasks. [Refer to Task 1 on pages 5-6 of Solicitation.]

Program Staffing

  1. Describe what the roles and responsibilities of the primary and backup contacts and other staff will be in completing the required tasks for the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program. (Response limited to 2000 characters.)
  2. Describe the primary and backup contacts’ experience conducting mental health education and outreach activities. (Response limited to 3000 characters.)

Monitoring and Evaluation

  1. Describe the organization's experience in monitoring and submitting information and data about Program-related activities. Include the methods currently used and types of data collected to monitor and evaluate education and outreach activities. (Response limited to 4000 characters.)
  2. Describe how the organization plans to post a description of the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program on its website and link to the:
    a) NIMH home page (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/);
    b) NIMH Outreach Partnership Program (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/outreach/partnership-program/);
    c) NIMH Clinical Trials webpage (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/trials/); and
    d) NIH Clinical Trials website (http://www.clinicaltrials.gov ). (Response limited to 2000 characters.)

Joint Application
Describe the roles and responsibilities of the partnering organization as they relate to completion of required tasks for the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program. (Response limited to 3000 characters.)

Describe how the primary contact for the applicant organization will manage the coordination of both organizations’ outreach activities, including monitoring and reporting as they relate to completion of the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program statement of work. (Response limited to 3000 characters.)

[ ] Not a joint application

Task 2: Disseminating NIMH Research Findings and Science-based Educational Materials

Total Points: 15
Provide a proposed plan for disseminating NIMH research findings, educational materials, and science-based messages about mental disorders throughout the state. Review will be based upon adequacy and creativity of the plan for dissemination of NIMH research findings and educational materials statewide, the breadth of audiences that may be reached, channels utilized to reach these audiences, and the plan to collect data related to these activities. [Refer to Task 2 on pages 6-7 of Solicitation.]

  1. Describe the organization’s proposed activities and the channels/methods that will be utilized to complete Task 2. Note: Include in description both direct (i.e., in person) and indirect (i.e., electronic and mail) distribution. (Response limited to 3000 characters.)
  2. Describe the types of audiences that will be reached through these activities. (Response limited to 2000 characters.)
  3. Describe what data will be collected and how it will be collected to capture the reach (e.g., number of individuals reached, number of materials distributed) of the proposed activities. (Response limited to 2000 characters.)

Task 3: Conducting Outreach on Mental Health Disparities

Total Points: 15
Describe a proposed plan for implementing an outreach project(s) that addresses the needs of populations that experience mental health disparities as defined by race or ethnicity, age (e.g., children, adolescents, transitional age youth, older adults), education or income, disability status, geographic location, risk status related to sex and gender, and among other populations identified to be at-risk for health disparities such as immigrants, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI), and military service members and their families. Review will be based upon demonstrated experience in conducting outreach addressing these populations, as well as adequacy and creativity of the plan, rationale for the focus of activities, desired outcome(s), demonstrated ability to form a variety of relationships with community and civic groups, and plan to monitor and report data related to these activities. [Refer to Task 3 on page 7 of Solicitation.]

  1. Describe the organization’s intended focus area(s) for outreach project(s) to address mental health disparities. (Response limited to 1000 characters.)
  2. Provide a rationale for the focus area(s) and the intended outcome(s) of the proposed project(s). (Response limited to 2000 characters.)
  3. Describe the specific activity/ies planned to complete Task 3. (Response limited to 4000 characters)
  4. Describe the organization’s current activities and experience conducting outreach addressing the proposed focused area(s). (Response limited to 3000 characters.)
  5. Describe the types of audience(s) that will be reached through these activity/ies. (Response limited to 1000 characters.)
  6. Describe how NIMH research and materials will be used in the proposed activity/ies. (Response limited to 2000 characters.)
  7. Describe the organization's existing and potential partnerships that it will leverage to enhance the success of the proposed activity/ies. (Response limited to 2000 characters.)
  8. Describe what data will be collected and how it will be collected to capture the number and the types of audiences reached. (Response limited to 2000 characters.)

Task 4: Advancing Research

Total Points: 15
Describe a plan for promoting volunteer participation in research supported by NIMH and collaborating with researchers. Review will be based upon demonstrated experience in increasing awareness about opportunities to participate in research and working with researchers, and the adequacy and creativity of the plan. If the organization has not been involved in research promotion and/or working with researchers, describe the potential opportunities to reach out to researcher(s) in its community and/or state. [Refer to Task 4 on pages 7-8 of Solicitation.]

  1. Describe past and/or current relationships with researchers and their roles in the organization's activities. (Response limited to 3000 characters.)
  2. Describe how the organization may be able to serve as a resource for universities and research institutions in their state. (Response limited to 2000 characters.)
  3. Describe the organization's past and/or current involvement in educating the community about opportunities to participate in clinical trials and other research. (Response limited to 3000 characters.)
  4. Describe the proposed activities to increase awareness about the importance of clinical research and opportunities for volunteer participation in research sponsored by NIMH and NIH. Include a description of the audiences that may be reached and the methods that will be used to reach them. (Response limited to 3000 characters.)
  5. Describe what data will be collected and how it will be collected to capture the number and types of audiences reached. (Response limited to 2000 characters.)
  6. Describe how the organization plans to link from its website to the required NIMH Clinical Trials (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/trials/), and NIH Clinical Trials (http://www.clinicaltrials.gov ) webpages. (Response limited to 1000 characters.)
  7. Does the organization have established relationship(s) with researcher(s) for the purposes of completing Task 4?
    __ Yes __ No __ N/A, the applicant is an organization with a primary research focus.

    Note: Organizations do not need an established relationship in place at the time of award, but need to demonstrate their commitment to work with researcher(s). NIMH-funded researchers are preferred, but not required. NIMH can assist Outreach Partners in identifying grantee(s) in their state or community. This research collaboration requirement described in Task 4 may not apply to Outreach Partner organizations (e.g., universities) with a primary research focus.

  8. If the organization has an established relationship with a researcher(s) for the purposes of completing Task 4, complete 8a, 8b, and 8c below.
    a) Describe the proposed activity (ies) and provide the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the researcher(s) the organization will be working with. (Response limited to 3000 characters.)
    b) Describe the types of audience(s) that will be reached through these activities. (Response limited to 1000 characters.)
    c) Describe what data will be collected and how it will be collected to capture the reach (e.g., number of individuals reached through the proposed activities). (Response limited to 2000 characters.)
  9. Optional: Do you have a letter(s) of commitment from researcher(s)? ­­­__ Yes __ No

If yes, attach signed letter/s of commitment from the researcher(s) the organization will work jointly with on science-based education and outreach and/or research projects.