Opioid Epidemic Research Funding Program

The Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) and Institute for Public Health announce a new pilot funding program focused on strategies to address the opioid epidemic. Three or more grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded with a start date of March 1, 2018.

Proposals should describe a clear link to future funding opportunities, such as specific NIH program announcements or other federal or private funding opportunities. Applications should address one or more of the broad themes described in the July 17 report on a National Strategy to Reduce the Opioid Epidemic published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=24781)

Proposals addressing early and late state translational research will be considered for this new pilot program.  Examples of appropriate early stage translational research questions include research to:

  • improve understanding of the neurobiology of pain
  • promote discovery and evaluation of innovative treatment modalities, including non-addictive analgesics and non-pharmacologic approach
  • improve understanding of the intersection between pain and opiate use disorder

Later stage translational research that tests the efficacy or effectiveness of strategies to address the opioid epidemic are also sought, including strategies to restrict supply of opiates, influence prescribing practices, reduce demand, and reduce harm. Examples of appropriate later stage translational studies include research to:


  • promote more judicious prescribing of opioids
  • expand access to inpatient and outpatient treatment for opioid use disorder, including in hospitals
  • prevent overdose deaths
  • measure societal impacts in opioid-related regulatory decisions
  • test innovative models of chronic pain management

Current Awards

2018 Cohort

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