What is a Concept?
A concept is an early planning stage in the development of a research initiative (a program announcement, request for applications, or request for proposals).
NCCIH staff prepare and discuss concepts at planning meetings. Then, they determine which concepts are presented to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health (NACCIH) for review, comment, and approval.
A document is prepared for the Advisory Council meeting. If the concept is approved, the document is published on our website. This gives researchers a “heads up” on potential future funding opportunities. Not all concepts are developed into formal initiatives, such as program announcements or requests for applications. If a concept is developed into an official initiative, it will be published in the NIH Guide.
Note: Details of the final initiative may differ from the original concept proposal.
Concepts Approved by Our Advisory Council
Concepts under consideration to be developed into requests for applications, program announcements, or requests for proposals.
- Concept: Consortium Advancing Research on Botanicals and Other Natural Products (CARBON)
- Concept: NCCIH MERIT (Method to Extend Research In Time) Award To Promote Innovation and Diversity in Complementary and Integrative Health Research
- Concept: Whole Person Research Initiative
- Concept: Enhancing Mechanistic Research on Precision Probiotic Therapies
- Concept: Resource Center for Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research