NIDA Mentored Outreach Award in Substance Use Disorders Treatment Dissemination

Supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in partnership with the PA Foundation

About the Project

The PA Foundation has partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to fund outreach awards to support the development of expertise in substance use disorders (SUD), especially opioid use disorders (OUD), through completion of a mentor-supervised project focused on adoption and/or dissemination of SUD treatment research and the publication of the results. The program goals are:

  1. To promote and improve knowledge of evidence-based SUD treatment among healthcare providers
  2. To promote the adoption of evidence-based approaches in medical settings
  3. To promote dissemination of substance use disorder research findings
  4. To facilitate the professional growth and development of future clinician leaders in the area of SUD management

View the 2020 award overview and requirements document.

2021 Cycle

Open date: September 13, 2021
Deadline for receipt of application: November 5, 2021
Notification of award: December 3, 2021
Funding period: January 2022 – December 2022

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the award is to enhance PAs’ ability to disseminate the clinical knowledge of SUD management gained via the award experience of conducting a mentored project aimed at either dissemination and/or adoption of evidence-based SUD treatment practices through a plan that will:

  • Provide the PA awardee with experience that enhances knowledge of providing evidence-based management of SUD in medical settings.
  • Provide the PA awardee with a mentored experience in effective dissemination of existing or emerging research findings and/or the implementation/adoption of research in clinical practice. Applicants are encouraged to develop projects that address or improve upon current gaps in the dissemination of research findings or implementation/adoption of evidence-based treatment practices. Project updates will be shared at the NIDA CTN Annual meeting, and projects will be presented via poster at the 2021 AAPA Annual Conference. The awardee is strongly encouraged to develop a manuscript for submission for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Link the PA awardee with an experienced mentor to guide and facilitate an up to one year-long mentored experience, culminating in a project related to dissemination and/or adoption of SUD research findings.
  • Provide the PA awardee with a mentored opportunity to learn about key areas of SUD and SUD treatment strategies through systematic literature review, attendance at conferences and workshops, and interaction with leading experts in the field.
Applicant Eligibility

All applications must be submitted by one or more PAs who are members in good standing of AAPA.

In the evaluation process, preference will be given to those applicants who have not already been awarded a grant from the PA Foundation within the preceding 12 months (including both IMPACT Grants and Global Outreach Grants). Candidates cannot have had previous or simultaneous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or research funding sources. Eligible candidates may not have a previous training award.

Award Administration, Application, and Selection Process

Recipients are selected through a competitive process. Applicants must submit the following information:

  • A completed online application form that includes:
    • Abstract
    • Candidate attestations
    • Project description/plan (to include objectives, background information, timeline, and method or proposed activities as outlined in the requirements document)
    • Budget and budget justification
    • Applicant’s current CV/biosketch
    • Mentor’s current CV/biosketch
    • Letter of support from proposed mentor(s)
    • Letter of support regarding facilities (if applicable)

For more information on the award criteria and application process, please review the qualifications and requirements documents.

Award Recipients


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