Application deadlines: March 15 and October 15 at 5:00 p.m.
Purpose: A primary mission of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute is to stimulate and facilitate substance abuse research at the University of Washington. One way this is accomplished is through the Small Grants Program, which awards funds to UW researchers for pilot studies and developmental research. Substance abuse research is interpreted broadly to include everything from basic studies of the pharmacology of drugs of abuse to studies of clinical treatment strategies, prevention, and social policy issues. UW researchers should look to the Small Grants Program as a resource to help develop their research through initial funding for promising pilot projects, which may ultimately be developed into full research studies with outside grant support.
Funding: Since 1973, ADAI has awarded more than $3,500,000 to researchers from 40 departments at the University of Washington, funding approximately 350 projects out of nearly 800 applications submitted since the beginning of the program. Currently, two levels of funding are available: faculty and research scientists may apply for funding up to $30,000; mentored predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows may receive up to $20,000.
Review Process: There are two grant cycles each year (deadlines March 15 and October 15). Funding decisions are based on scientific merit assessed by peer review, relevance of the question to the field, innovation, and potential for new insights into the problems of substance abuse. Anonymous comments from the reviewers are returned to the investigators to provide constructive feedback, which is often used to improve a non-funded grant for future re-submission.
For more information about the submission and review process, see Guidelines for Proposals.
Benefits to the University: The ADAI Small Grants Program has made a significant impact on the University and the field of alcohol and drug research and study overall: many millions of dollars in funding from NIH and other sponsors have been awarded to UW researchers who conducted pilot work using ADAI funds. Published articles, presentations, and support for graduate student research are additional outcomes of this funding. These results are noted in the descriptions of Previously Funded Small Grants (sidebar to the right).
For more information, email ADAI (email@example.com) or John F. Neumaier, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Director of the ADAI Small Grants Program, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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