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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).

NCCAM staff prepare and discuss concepts at planning meetings. Then, they determine which concepts are presented to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NACCAM) 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 Web site. 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.

Botanical Research Centers
Through a renewed Botanical Research Centers initiative, the ODS and NCCAM propose to solicit and support cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, multi-component research efforts.

Natural Products Methods Development
NCCAM is considering using the Small Business Innovation Research Grant set-aside program to solicit grants directed at stimulating the development of new and improved technologies for natural products research.

Integrative Approaches to Managing Pain and Co-Morbid Conditions in U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families
The concept is focused on complementary approaches for pain and symptom management among U.S. military personnel, Veterans and their families.

Systematic Evaluation of Dietary Supplement/Drug Interactions
NCCAM is considering a phased initiative which would allow for the systematic in vitro and in vivo characterization of potential interactions between dietary supplements and drugs.

All concepts under consideration

Published Initiatives

When a concept is developed into an initiative, it is published in the NIH Guide and listed on the NCCAM Web site.