At the site, develop a mechanism to support person(s) to lead planning, networking, implementation, and evaluation of strategies and tactics, potentially a stand-alone add-on module (to a traditional R01) that would fund an Outreach Specialist, the %FTE to be determined by the proposed scope of work. Module would require annual status report and metrics of success for renewal of NIH funds, which would emphasize successful, diverse community engagement in addition to study accrual. Funding for Outreach Specialist Module could potentially also provide a mechanism for increasing staff diversity through formation of new relationships between community and clinics and a national network of NIH Outreach Specialists for sharing of ideas and lessons learned, and for support.
Idea No. 43