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Center for Innovation in Mental Health at the CUNY Graduate School
 
of Public Health and Health Policy 
 
55 West 125th Street                    CIMH@sph.cuny.edu
New York, NY 10027                    Office: 646-364-9633

Requests for project ideas will initially undergo a preliminary proposal summary. If your idea is selected for further exploration, it will undergo a more formal vetting process. All RPIs are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Informal Review Process

All submitted proposals will be summarized into a one-page description by NYC DOHMH and CIMH CUNY of the following:

  • Initiative title

  • Significance

  • Investigators (team)

  • Resources/capacity

These summaries will be reviewed be the Mental Health Innovation Lab at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Center for Innovation in Mental Health at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Select proposals will be forwarded to formal review committees, where a Scientific Review Group and Programmatic Advisory Committee will review and score applications for final consideration. 

Formal Review Process

In the formal review process, proposals will be reviewed by a Scientific Review Group and a Programmatic Advisory Committee. 

Scientific Review Group: Will consist of academics and researchers from CUNY campuses, NYC DOHMH, and outside organizations with expertise in mental health and research and evaluation methodology. The Scientific Review Group will score each application on a 5-point rating scale for each of the following criteria:

  • Significance

  • Investigator(s)

  • Innovation

  • Resources/Capacity

Scientific reviewers will provide a brief justification for their scores on each criterion. After individual reviewers have provided their scores, these will be sent to The Center for Innovation in Mental Health at CUNY School of Public Health and the Mental Health Innovation Lab at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. An average score across all reviewers will be calculated. Proposals with high scores may be approved. 

Programmatic Advisory Committee: Where relevant and necessary, questions about submitted proposals will be directed to a Programmatic Advisory Committee comprised of five staff, including the relevant ThriveNYC initiative lead, the Senior Director of the Mental Health Innovation Lab at NYC DOHMH, the Director of The Center for Innovation in Mental Health at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, a representative from the Mayor’s office, a staff member from the City Hall Office of Operations team, and a staff member from First Lady Chirlane McCray’s office. Programmatic advisory committee members may:

  • Answer questions about feasibility of the proposed project.

  • Serve as content experts as needed.

 

All investigators will be given notice of acceptance or rejection within 3 months after submitting their proposal.

Investigators have to secure their own funding resources in order to begin an accepted project. If your proposal is accepted, you will be responsible for obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Human Subjects Research approval from the relevant agency/agencies before your project can begin.