The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications that will perform basic, translational and clinical research to (1) advance the understanding of underlying mechanisms of drug action; (2) discover and develop novel therapeutics; (3) enhance the usage of existing drugs or drug repurposing for safer and more effective treatment for pregnant women, lactating women, neonates and children. The overall goal is to improve drug safety and efficacy for maternal and pediatric precision therapeutics.
NIMH Area of Interest: The NIMH is specifically interested in clinical studies supporting the establishment of pharmacodynamic (PD) markers of psychopharmacologic drugs in pediatric populations. For instance, a study using an EEG measure that would change in proportion to an administered drug dose (a CNS PD marker of drug action) would be of interest. It is expected studies include dose ranging PK/PD measures. Age-dependent effects would be of interest as well as the inclusion of comparator drugs. Using the EEG PD example, it is likely that the EEG measures reflecting drug action would be different in grade school children vs adults.
For examples of topics, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-20-300.html