Pilot Award for Prevention & Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders

Project Award Amount $40,000


This new funding opportunity is intended to support research projects focused on prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders. We are particularly interested in projects that will generate preliminary data needed to develop clinical trials or population-based community interventions. Projects should be relevant to these broad areas related to opioids: pain management, standard of care and opioid prescribing patterns; and improving prevention or treatment of opioid misuse and addiction.

Applications in any aspect of clinical research will be considered. Examples include:

  • Implementation strategies for evidence-based approaches in multiple settings including primary and emergency care, the criminal justice system, and other community settings, and in communities highly affected by the opioid crisis;
  • Populations that may be at-risk which include older adolescents and young adults (ages 16-30) which is a group at highest risk for opioid initiation, misuse, OUD and overdose fatality; individuals born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)/Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS); homeless populations; and those with co-occurring health conditions including other substance-abuse disorders, mood and anxiety disorders
  • Evidence-based approaches that can be integrated or embedded into health care systems.

Each pilot project will have a maximum budget of $40,000. Pilot projects are for one year and are not renewable. A progress report is required at the end of the funding period, identifying resulting publications and subsequent funding obtained to support the expanded/extended projects. Any resulting publication must directly acknowledge the funding agency.


Eligibility requirement need to be met as of date of submission, no waivers will be accepted.

Who's Eligible:
UCSF Faculty in any series (Ladder Rank, In Residence, Clinical X, Health Science Clinical, and Adjunct) in all ranks (Instructors, Assistant, Associate, Full Professors) and Appointees to the Professional Research Series and to the Librarian Series may apply. Fellows (unless not allowed by fellowship funders) and Postdocs are eligible.

Who's Not Eligible:
Residents and Specialists.

Criteria for Review/Evaluation of Applications
Proposals will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposed scientific investigation, the significance of the proposed research for the field of opioid use disorders research, the potential of the proposal to lead to future successful NIH grant applications, and the quality and promise of the applicant and the research team.

Pilot projects that involve human subjects will require human research committee approval and NIH Prior Approval review before funding is released.

Selection of Awardees
Funding decisions are made independently by each funding agency based on several factors – scientific review score, alignment of proposal to funder’s strategic goals, proposal research area of focus, and specifically called out eligibility and priority areas.


View all 2019 Spring RAP CTSI-supported funding opportunities here

Monday, March 11 to 2:00pm

Event Type






Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
Contact Info



Recent Activity