Sunday, January 22, 2012

Harnessing Advanced Health Technologies to Drive Mental Health Improvement Project

The National Institutes of Health, also called NIH, is federal government agency operating in the United States Department of Health and Human Services that is essentially answerable for supporting the nation's biomedical and health-related research studies.

The programs and grants of the NIH are all aimed towards the realization of its overall agency mission which is to "seek basic knowledge about the nature and behaviour of living systems and the application of that data to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of sickness and disability."

In accordance with this mission, the National Institutes of Health has collaborated with National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in order to constitute the establishment of the Harnessing Advanced Health Technologies to Drive Mental Health Improvement Program.

The primary goal of the program is to check and evaluate the innovative utilization of present technologies that work towards the substantial improvement of the access to and quality of mental health care along with the collection and use of actionable mental health information that would substantially improve outcomes of people with psychological disorders.

The NIH strongly believes that the access to quality mental health services, such as face to face interventions and scheduled clinical visits, is vital to the improvement of the outcomes in people afflicted with mental health anomalies.

Because of this, the agency searches for"high risk, high reward" Research investigations that intend to employ novel technologies that would improve access to, and quality and delivery of mental health services.

The agency has stated that they are going to give utmost priority to proposals and applications which contain novel applications of techniques and initiatives that would possibly generalize across suggestions and target populations, as well as in multiple operating systems.

The NIH and the NIMH are willing to administer funds in the amount of $3,000,000 to financially support the Harnessing Advanced Health Technologies to Drive Mental Health Improvement Program.

The institutions and affiliations who will be considered eligible to take part in this programme are the following:

a) State Governments

b) County Governments

c) City or Township Governments

d) Special District Governments

e) Independent School Districts

f) Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education

g) Native American Tribal Governments

h) Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities

i) Native American Tribal Organizations (apart from Federally recognized tribal governments)

j) Nonprofit Setups

k) Private Institutions of Higher Education

l) For-profit organizations other than small businesses

m) Small Businesses.