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Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
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Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Health
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  • Original Grant - Dec 30, 2003
Applications Due:

Multiple Receipt Dates - See Link to Full Announcement for details.

total funding: Not Available
max award: none
min award: none
cost sharing, matching: No
number of awards: Not Available
type of funding: Grant

This Program Announcement replaces PA-01-028.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invites research grant applications
for research designed to elucidate the epidemiology, etiology, treatment, and
prevention of mental disorders, including emotional and behavioral problems, in
persons of any age with intellectual disabilities (mental retardation). This
announcement uses the preferred term intellectual disabilities to designate
conditions that in the past have been referred to with the term mental
retardation, thus these two terms are to be understood as equivalent.

Though precise epidemiological data regarding persons with both mental illness and
intellectual disabilities are not available, clinical experience has shown that the
full range of psychiatric disorders can be found among individuals with
intellectual disabilities. This includes co-occurrence with schizophrenia,
affective disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, and behavior
disturbances with injurious and aggressive behavior directed towards self, others,
or objects. Proper identification and effective treatment of these mental
disorders are especially important for people with intellectual disabilities. In
fact, while it is usually not possible to correct and reverse the underlying
cognitive deficits, treatment of the behavioral and emotional problems often
associated with intellectual disabilities can significantly improve functioning and
quality of life.

Both basic research into the pathogenesis of mental disorders among individuals
with intellectual disabilities and studies aimed at clinical diagnosis, treatment,
rehabilitation, and service delivery are of interest. This initiative calls for
more research on: (1) the prevalence rates of mental and emotional disturbance
among persons with intellectual disabilities; (2) the improvement of current
diagnostic categories and the development of appropriate psychiatric assessment
instruments for use with persons who are mentally retarded; (3) the precursors of
childhood behavioral and emotional disorders in children who are mentally retarded
or who are at risk for intellectual disabilities; (4) the effectiveness of mental
health services for persons with intellectual disabilities, including the
monitoring of drug effects and methods for enhancing treatment compliance while
living in the community or attending special education classes; (5) early
intervention programs designed to prevent emotional and behavioral problems in
infants with intellectual disabilities; (6) integrated service delivery models that
provide a range of supportive and therapeutic services to those suffering from both
mental illness and intellectual disabilities; and (7) translation of basic
neuroscience findings into clinical applications and development of novel
approaches to diagnosing and treating mental illness in the context of intellectual

Although intellectual disabilities and autism often co-occur, a separate program
announcement is relevant for investigators interested in autism: RESEARCH ON
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-051.html )

The research objectives of this PA have been stimulated by meetings held during the
past few years. These include:

A workshop entitled Emotional and Behavioral Health in Persons with Mental
Retardation/Developmental Disabilities (November 29 -December 1, 2001) was convened
by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National
Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office
of Rare Diseases, and the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation. A report of this
workshop can be found at

A workshop entitled Mental Health Aspects of Fragile X Syndrome: Treatment Research
Perspectives (November 16-17, 2001) was convened by the NIMH and the FRAXA
Foundation. A report of this workshop can be found at

A conference entitled Closing the Gap: A National Blueprint to Improve the Health
of Persons with Mental Retardation (2002), was convened by the United States
Surgeon General. A report of the Surgeon General's Conference on Health
Disparities and Mental Retardation can be found at

Who can apply:

Anyone/General Public
City Or Township Governments
County Governments
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments
Independent School Districts
Minority Group
Native American Organization
Non-Government - General
Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Other Private Institution/Organization
Private Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Profit Organization
Public And State Controlled Institutions Of Higher Education
Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
Small Business (Less Than 500 Employees
Special District Governments
State (Includes District Of Columbia; Includes Institutions Of Higher Education And Hospitals)
U.S. Territories And Possessions (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)

Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Mental Health Research Grants

More Information:


If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact: NIH OER Webmaster

Address Info:

Office of Extramural Programs
6705 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-7963

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