The NIH Common Fund has announced a new initiative for Research Project Grant (R01) applications that will improve understanding of the basic mechanisms of behavior change by bridging work in the laboratory and the field. Selected aspects of potential interest to sleep/circadian researchers include the identification of common mechanisms of change related to either multiple or bundled health behaviors; the application of novel technologies for behavioral assessment and change; and the identification of individuals or groups most likely to benefit from specific interventions.

The purpose of this initiative is to establish the groundwork for a unified science of behavior change that capitalizes on emerging basic science to accelerate investigation of common mechanisms of behavior change applicable across a broad range of health-related behaviors. The application due date is April 26, 2010. Read the complete funding opportunity announcement on the NIH Web site.