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The Research and Development Contracts mechanism is one of several vehicles used by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Health (NIH) to support research and research related activities.

What is a research contract?

A research contract is a legal instrument that is used to reflect a relationship between the Federal Government and a contractor whenever the principal purpose of the transaction is to acquire goods or services for the direct benefit or use for the Government, for example; to support research in areas of significant scientific interest, to further scientific knowledge, or to achieve a specific research goal.

What is the review process?

Research contract requirements are concept reviewed by the National Advisory Mental Health Council. Research contract proposals are peer reviewed, and are awarded to universities, non-profit organizations, and profit making organizations involved in mental health research.

How are opportunities announced?

NIMH announces contract opportunities at  and the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts .

Current opportunities (RFPs)?

How does a contract differ from other funding mechanisms?

A research contract differs from a grant or cooperative agreement in a number of aspects that are designed to comply with provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). These differences include the manner used to solicit and negotiate the requirement, the level of Government participation during contract performance, and the control of study results.

NIMH research contract solicitations normally result in one award. However, certain solicitations may specify that multiple awards are anticipated. In either case, the NIMH's goal is to award contracts to organizations capable of performing top quality research in the most cost effective and cost efficient manner possible.

Whom do I contact about NIMH research contracts?

Please contact the Contracting Officer if you have any questions regarding individual Requests for Proposals.