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Call for Applications for Training Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction

Application deadline is December 31, 2015. Awards will be announced in late January.
Funding period is March 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017. 

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to fund a yearlong training award of $20,000 (including $2,000 for a mentor stipend) to support the development of expertise in substance abuse and addiction within academic family medicine. The goals of the NIDA-STFM Training Awards are to:

  1. Promote knowledge of evidence-based substance abuse and addiction treatment within family medicine 
  2. Advance medical care for patients who are addicted to and/or abuse substances
  3. Facilitate the academic growth, advanced education, and development of future scientists in the field of drug abuse and addiction

The award recipient will work with a mentor to examine gaps in existing substance use knowledge, and complete an original project aimed at addressing those gaps. Results will be presented at the 2017 or 2018 STFM Annual Spring Conference, and the awardee may develop a draft submission of a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.   

Applicant Eligibility

This award is available to STFM-member residents or fellows at US residency programs (may join STFM in order to apply for the award). Awards are for projects conducted in the United States.

Purpose of the Award

The NIDA-STFM Training Award is intended to provide an opportunity for formal exposure to and experience in issues of SUD treatment to prepare the applicant for further experience as a scientist in SUD using the family health framework. The applicant should work in an active, progressive environment that intimately involves the applicant in different facets of SUD in family health. Applicants are encouraged to develop a project based on ongoing work done by their mentor. It is expected that the applicant will receive mentorship in such topics as biomedical statistics, grant writing, and regulatory and ethical concerns. At the end of the award year, the awardee should have a firm foundation in the fundamentals that will prepare the applicant to begin to work independently in the field.

This award cannot support new, free-standing pilot studies, clinical trials, or clinical research studies.

Application Process

Award recipients will be selected through a competitive process. Applicants must submit the following information via a single PDF by email to Mary Theobald:

  • A cover sheet that includes: 
    • Full name of applicant
    • Applicant's mailing address and email address
    • Name of residency or fellowship program
    • Project title
  • A project plan/planned activities, budget and budget justification. Proposed plans should include significance and specific goals, background and rationale, and an implementation and dissemination plan. 
  • A letter detailing any current and previous funding.
  • The applicant’s and mentor’s current biosketches. 
  • A letter of support from a proposed mentor. Those who need help identifying a mentor can post a request on appropriate STFM listservs and/or ask for recommendations from the STFM Research Committee. The mentor letter must describe the mentor’s role and responsibilities. The mentor is responsible for supervising the work of the applicant. The mentor will have proven his or her ability to pursue independent projects as evidenced by original research publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or funding from extramural sources and evidence of ongoing study activity. 
  • A letter of support from applicant's program director.

Each application will be judged based on the likelihood of producing dedicated, qualified scientists in family medicine as indicated by 1) the qualifications of the Applicant, 2) the qualifications of the Mentor, 3) the merit of the project, 4) the adequacy of funding of the proposed budget to meet the objectives, and 5) the willingness of the institution to train providers in family health care and provide the necessary facilities and support to complete the project as described. The final funding decision will be made by NIDA and the review committee from STFM.

Program Activities and Deliverables 

Progress and Final Report: The Mentor and designated NIDA-STFM Awardee are required to submit brief progress reports in April and August and a final narrative report to STFM in March 2017.  The final report must include an accounting report using Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures showing the distribution of funds with a signature from an institutional official (e.g., accountant, grants manager).  

STFM Annual Spring Conference: Awardees are required to present their work at the STFM Annual Spring Conference following the completion of the award.  Funds cannot be requested to cover the travel cost to attend the conference. Presentations should acknowledge the support of NIDA-STFM.

NIDA CTN Meeting: Award recipients will be encouraged to attend the NIDA Clinical Trials Network Annual Meeting on April 11-13, 2016, in Gaithersburg, MD. Senior researchers and faculty will be available to help solve problems with the project and issues concerning balancing work, project and life. Travel expenses for the meeting will not be reimbursed.

Publications: All discoveries resulting from work supported in part by the NIDA-STFM Award should be made available to the public and scientific community through approved scientific channels such as national meetings and peer reviewed publications. Publications will acknowledge the support of NIDA-STFM. Two reprints of each publication should be forwarded to STFM and NIDA. 

Recommended Topic Areas

For this award, NIDA and STFM encourage clinically relevant applications with a focus on substance abuse and addiction. This award cannot support new, free-standing pilot studies, clinical trials, or clinical research studies. Awardees are encouraged to develop projects in conjunction with ongoing work by their mentor. Suggested topic areas include:
  • Participating in the planning, design, and implementation of the mentor’s ongoing clinical trials and studies
  • Conducting a literature review and/or review of healthcare data to identify gaps/opportunities/barriers to the implementation of evidence-based practices in general medical settings or needs for de-implementation of clinical and community practices that are not evidence-based or yield sub-optimal benefits for patients
  • Development of curricula for teaching SUD diagnosis and treatment for practitioners caring for adolescents
  • Integration of care in general medical settings
  • Integration of diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up into patient-centered medical homes
  • Adolescent marijuana use; Unique teaching methodologies to improve diagnosis and treatment in residency programs
  • Distribution of treatment responsibilities or other projects that meet the criteria of direct relevance to adolescent substance misuse or substance use disorders treatment research and dissemination.


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