Substance Abuse Research Grants

Substance Abuse Research Grants

In the summer of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control reported the first decline in drug overdose deaths since 1990. However, the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health report found that 1 in 12 American adults (18.7 million) have a substance use disorder. The impacts of substance abuse continue to undermine the strength of our communities and more work needs to be done to combat this issue.

In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, the Charles Koch Foundation seeks to support research projects (e.g. papers, conferences, workshops, etc.) that explore innovative, community-based solutions that are targeted at destroying the root causes of substance abuse.

To that end, we are actively soliciting proposals for projects to consider innovative solutions that seek to alleviate substance use disorders. To ensure consideration, please submit a proposal through the following link. Proposals will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis.

We are especially interested in research that:

  • Addresses innovative ways to help individuals overcome substance use disorders, prevent drug overdoses, and increase the willingness of individuals to seek treatment for substance abuse.
  • Explores the root causes of addiction and substance use disorders as well as innovative means to prevent substance abuse by remedying these root causes.
  • Addresses the unintended consequences of current approaches to reduce drug overdoses and substance abuse.
  • Examines solutions that offer a proactive approach to fighting addiction rather than a reactive approach focusing on treatment and recovery.
  • Explores opportunities to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders and celebrate success in overcoming addiction and substance abuse.

Proposal Criteria

  • A one-to-five-page abstract of the project on behalf of your university, college, think tank, or other 501(c)(3) organization. The abstract should provide sufficient detail for reviewers to assess the nature and feasibility of the idea.*
  • A CV or résumé.*
  • A brief, itemized budget.*
  • Final projects should be original and meet the highest standards of their field and must not have been previously published.

*Items are required in application.

Funding levels are commensurate with the requirements of the research and the potential for the research to advance an understanding of critical issues. Accepted proposals may also receive support to disseminate the research findings. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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