National Alliance on Mental Illness
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For Immediate Release, August 2, 2001
Contact: Chris Marshall
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is seeking individuals, including family members and individuals with serious brain disorders, to serve on NIMH grant application review panels. NIMH is specifically looking for persons with personal experience with brain disorders - consumers, family members, service providers, policymakers, or educators - to participate in the grant review process that involves examination of the scientific merit of NIMH grant applications.
NIMH is the principal federal agency in charge of funding biomedical research into brain disorders and supports and conducts an integrated program of basic and clinical research and research training in biology, neuroscience, and epidemiology. Despite considerable advances by NIMH to focus research on serious brain disorders in recent years, NAMI's family and consumer members need to help ensure that this increasing focus on serious mental illnesses will continue. (For more information on NAMI's position, please see NAMI's Where We Stand paper on NIMH Research Funding at http://www.nami.org/update/unitednimh.html )
The selection criteria for those interested in serving on grant review panels includes individuals with knowledge about research studies on mental illness or someone who has been a research participant, family members and consumers, and advocates such as those who have served on boards or participated in community service. Individuals do not need to qualify under all criteria.
Scientific Review Groups meet in Washington, DC, approximately three times a year. The meetings usually lasts two full days and NIMH provides a $200 honorarium for each day and funding for allowable costs. NIH policy does not allow reimbursement for time spent reading and reviewing applications before the meeting.
Individuals should submit a resume directly to NIMH describing their experience with mental disorders, public or community service, current employment, and educational background. For more information and a proposed format for submission please go to http://www.nimh.nih.gov/grants/pubpart1.cfm
Ms. Annette Mayberry