New Issue of NCCIH Update: New Opportunities for Advancing Pain Science; New NIH HEAL Funding Opportunities

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New Opportunities for Advancing Pain Science

December 30, 2021


From the Hippocratic corpus, the author writes, “I consider the responsibility of medicine to be to entirely relieve the suffering of the sick and to blunt the extremities of disease” (The Art 3.4-7)1. Note that despite the acknowledgement that disease may only be blunted, in promoting health it is our duty to relieve suffering wherever possible. There has been some success in relieving the suffering due to acute pain, i.e., via local and general anesthesia, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and opioids, but we have largely failed in effectively removing suffering due to chronic pain conditions. We need new, nonaddictive acute and more effective chronic pain treatments, and we are approaching a unique opportunity for funding new directions for pain research. 


This message is jointly authored by NINDS Director Walter J. Koroshetz, NCCIH Director Helene M. Langevin, NIA Director Richard Hodes, NIAMS Director Lindsey A. Criswell, NIDCR Director Rena D'Souza, NIDDK Director Griffin P. Rodgers, and NIH HEAL Initiative Director Rebecca Baker.


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January 21 Council Meeting To Focus on Pain Research

Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

January 10, 2022


On Friday, January 21, 2022, the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health (NACCIH) will hold an online-only meeting. If you are a National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) grantee, potential grant applicant, member of the public, or other stakeholder, we invite you to attend the Open Session.


Resources for Researchers

New Funding Opportunities

HEAL Funding Opportunities


Pain Basic and Mechanistic Research

Pain and Opioid Use Disorder Clinical Research

Opioid Use Disorder Clinical Research

Highlighted Funding Opportunities

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs

  • Applicant Assistance Program: The next round of AAP applications will open on January 18, 2022. AAP kickoff webinar will be held on January 14, 2022, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET Register for the webinar

  • iCORPS: Applications for the second cohort of I-Corps at NIH program are now open. The receipt date is February 2, 2022, 5:00 p.m. ET. Office hours are from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET on January 20, 2022 to answer the applicant’s questions.


Upcoming Events

January 13 Webinar About Research on Patient-Reported Outcomes

January 13, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. ET


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold a webinar on Thursday, January 13 to discuss a current Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) calling for research to improve the interpretation of patient-reported outcomes at the individual patient level for use in clinical practice.


Webinar speakers will highlight the importance and background of the NOSI and discuss examples of responsive topics, methodologic approaches that might be considered in addressing individual-level score interpretation, and information about receipt dates. The session will end with a panel discussion in which colleagues from across NIH will respond to audience questions. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is one of the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices participating in this NOSI.


January 13 Webinar on Preparing, Writing, and Submitting an NIH Grant Application

January 13 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. ET


The NIH Pain Consortium will hold a webinar on writing and submitting grant applications. This webinar is designed for researchers with limited experience submitting applications to NIH. It’s part of a series designed to inform the pain research community of funding opportunities and other resources provided by NIH. Register for the webinar and visit the Pain Consortium website to view past webinars in this series.


Don’t miss these FOAs:

You can view more pain-related FOAs and notices on the NCCIH website.


NCCIH Advisory Council 79th Meeting

January 21, 2022, 11:40 a.m.-4:20 p.m. ET; Virtual



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