This program is designed to stimulate and support natural experiments of population-targeted policies and large-scale interventions to prevent type 2 diabetes and its complications. Priority areas include population-level approaches to the promotion of healthy eating and active living by evaluating the impact of environmental and policy interventions on population-level risk factors for type 2 diabetes. The overall goal is to promote and provide a platform and framework for the rigorous study of the health impact of new and imminently available population-targeted diabetes-related programs and policy innovations by federal, state, local governments, community organizations, or businesses.
This program supports or addresses at least four topics outlined in the program of “Healthy People 2020” (http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives):
1. Determinants of Health: Identify aspects of social and physical environments that can be improved to
promote good health for all.
2. Nutrition and Weight Status: Promote health and reduce chronic disease risk through the consumption
of healthful diets and achievement and maintenance of healthier body weights and distributions of
3. Diabetes: Reduce the disease and economic burden of diabetes mellitus (DM) and improve the quality
of life for all persons who have, or are at risk for, DM.
4. Heart Disease and Stroke: Improve cardiovascular health and quality of life through identifying and
modifying contextual factors associated with county-level rates of heart attack and stroke.
This FOA has two components, A and B:
Component A: To support a 5-year multi-center research network of innovative, non-health system-based,
natural experiments approaches to alter the diabetogenic characteristics of US communities. Priority areas
include population-level approaches to the promotion of healthy eating and active living by evaluating the
impact of environmental and policy interventions on population-level risk factors for diabetes.
Component B: To fund a Central Coordinating Center (CCC) to provide organizational, logistic and
communication support to enhance the efficiency, productivity, and impact of the Natural Experiments
research centers that are funded as part of Component A.
Mechanism of Support. Cooperative Agreement
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. It is anticipated up to 4 awards will be
issued under Component A and one award under Component B in response to this FOA. For
Component A, an applicant may request up to $675,000 per year for up to five years. For Component
B, an applicant may request up to $300,000 per year for up to five years. These estimates include
direct and indirect costs.
University is limited to one proposal.
|UIC Letter of Intent||
January 13, 2017
|UIC Internal Competition||
|Sponsor Letter of Intent||
February 13, 2017
Letter of Intent
DUE TO THE QUICKLY APPROACHING SPONSOR DEADLINE, IN ADDITION TO THE ONLINE LOI PLEASE UPLOAD THE FOLLOWING:
1. One page PDF document providing a board overview of the following (per the RFA guidelines)
- Brief assessment of the specific problem to be addressed
- Justification of the choice of the proposed policy or intervention for a natural experiments study
- List research/study objectives and how they relate to current risks and complications of diabetes in the US
- State hypotheses to be tested
- Clearly state the potential value from the proposed research/study for policy, systems changes, community changes, and individual/population behavioral changes related to type 2 diabetes risk and its complications, with a focus on high-risk, underserved populations
- Describe expertise and established leadership in designing and conducting complex studies that make use of multiple sources of data
2. Biosketch (NIH format - 5 pages maximum)
Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program. White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.
Please contact Natalia Glubisz at RDS@uic.edu or 312-996-8348 with any questions.
If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact RDS@uic.edu for further information.