Research Funding

Pilot Project Funding for Rural Drug Addiction Research (RDAR)

LOI Deadline: July 5, 2019

The Rural Drug Addiction Research (RDAR) Center supported by NIGMS P20GM130461 is pleased to announce an opportunity for pilot funding through an NIH/NIGMS grant. The RDAR Center is dedicated to understanding the causes and impacts of rural drug addiction and its related challenges and harms. The Center’s long-term research mission is to better understand and mitigate rural addiction and its personal and social harms by linking pre-clinical studies to field-based behavioral, neural, social, and clinical research. Center-sponsored projects will range from the microscopic world of the synapse in human biology to the social and geographical environments in which drug use interventions take place, exploring rural drug addiction from synapse to society.

The goal of the RDAR Center Pilot Program is to provide support to emerging scholars and promising research projects to acquire preliminary data necessary to apply for and obtain external federal funding. Successful applicants will receive up to $50,000 in direct costs for 1-2 year projects, as well as access to resources of the Center for professional development and project support.  Priority will be given to those projects most likely to lead to successful extramural funding. In addition, projects that make an impact on addiction-related treatment access, underrepresented minority and/or rural populations, and can introduce or evaluate new tools or technologies useful in addiction recovery—are of high interest.

A Letter of intent is required prior to submission of the pilot grant application. Letters of intent should use standard NIH formatting requirements (½ inch margins, Arial size 11 font). The letter of intent should be submitted in a PDF format. Letters must be received by 5pm CST on July 5th, 2019. 

For questions on if your research would qualify for Center support, please contact Devan Crawford,  More information regarding the Rural Drug Addiction Research Center and the RDAR Center’s Pilot Grant Program can be found on our website ( or in the attached RFA.


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