2017 Opioid Epidemic Funding Program Request for Applications

December 8, 2017

Opioid Epidemic Pilot 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.

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 approaches
  • 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

Opioid Epidemic Pilot Funding Program documents are available on the ICTS website.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a Notification of Intent. Please send an email indicating the PI name, co-investigator names, and anticipated project title to icts@wustl.edu by December 18, 2017 (5pm CT). Additional information is not required since this is to be used for selecting reviewers.


Notification of Intent Deadline: Monday, December 18, 2018 (5 pm, CT)
Application Deadline: Thursday, January 18, 2018 (5 pm, CT)
Proposal Peer Review: Late January 2018
Award Decisions: February, 2018
Award Start Date: March 1, 2018


Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with ICTS shared resources such as the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research (CCHPR) and Research Design & Biostatistics Group (RDBG) early in the proposal development stage.

For questions and/or assistance with proposal development, contact the ICTS Administrative Core:
Andi Cox: 314-362-7707
Beth Mott: 314-362-1539
Jaimee Stagner: 314-362-6325