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Distinguished International Scientist Collaboration Program

Distinguished International Scientist Awards (DISCA) and
U.S. Distinguished International Scientist Awards (USDISCA)

Develop Innovative Research Through International Collaboration

Through the Distinguished International Scientist Collaboration Program, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) seeks to enhance international collaborative research on drug abuse and drug-related consequences. The competitive Distinguished International Scientist Collaboration Awards (DISCA) and the Distinguished International Scientist Collaboration Awards for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents (USDISCA) invite senior researchers from other countries and NIDA grantees to apply to work together in the most suitable locale for their joint research. The Program allows participants to choose the travel option that works best for their research. If the project would best be conducted outside the United States, NIDA grantees should apply for a USDISCA award to visit their partner's home country. If the project would best be conducted in the United States, international drug abuse researchers should apply for a DISCA award to visit their U.S. partners.

Successful candidates will be highly qualified researchers, and priority will be given to new collaborations. Applicants must propose an innovative approach to projects that fall within the NIDA research mission, clearly define their expected product or outcome, and submit a final report to NIDA.

What Do the DISCA and USDISCA Awards Include?

DISCA and USDISCA awards provide a research exchange visit lasting from 1 to 3 months, depending upon the project requirements; a monthly allowance of $6,500 to cover short-term living expenses in the host country; and one round trip between the home and host cities for the scientist only. Visas and health insurance are the responsibility of the awardee.

Who Is Eligible for the DISCA Award?

Applicants must:
  • Be citizens or permanent residents in a country other than the United States.
  • Team with a current NIDA grantee.
  • Have a minimum of 7 years of experience in drug abuse research beyond the postdoctoral level.
  • Document a scientific record that includes peer-reviewed publications.

Who Is Eligible for the USDISCA Award?

Applicants must:
  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Be current NIDA grantees.
  • Have a minimum of 7 years of experience in drug abuse research beyond the postdoctoral level.
  • Document a scientific record that includes peer-reviewed publications.

When Is the Application Deadline?

Application Deadline: January 1
Award Notification: March 1

The U.S. collaborating researcher or applicant must be a NIDA grantee throughout the award period, and the exchange visit must be completed within 12 months of the award announcement.

What Materials Should I Use To Apply?

Applicants and their research partners should jointly complete the forms and submit them to NIDA. Instruction and application materials for the DISCA and USDISCA can be downloaded from this Web site in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF format.

Who Has Been a DISCA or a USDISCA Awardee and Collaborator?

Year Awardee Collaborator
2013 Jiang Du
Yih-Ing Hser, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Felix Kessler
George E. Woody, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Tony Szu-Hsien Lee
Marek C. Chawarski, Ph.D.
Yale University
2012 Harrie Jonkman
The Netherlands
J. David Hawkins, Ph.D.
University of Washington
2010 Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D.
United States
Maree Teesson, Ph.D.
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
University of New South Wales
Hwei-Hsien Chen, Ph.D.
Athina Markou, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
Kenneth W. Griffin, Ph.D.
United States
Irina Pervova, Ph.D.
St. Petersburg State University
2009 Dwayne D. Simpson, Ph.D.
United States
Ed Day, B.Ch.
National Centre for Mental Health - Birmingham
United Kingdom
Carlos Zubaran, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Epidemiology and Prevention Research Group
Washington University, St. Louis
2008 Octavio Campollo, M.D., Ph.D.
Fernando A. Wagner, Sc.D., M.P.H.
Center for the Study and Prevention of Drug Use
Morgan State University
Juan-Luis Recio, Ph.D.
Flavio Marsiglia, Ph.D.
Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center
Arizona State University
2007 Petri Hyytiä, Ph.D.
Gregory P. Mark, Ph.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
In Kyoon Lyoo, D.Sc., Ph.D.
South Korea
Perry F. Renshaw, M.D., Ph.D.
McLean Brain Imaging Center and Harvard Medical School
Hari S. Sharma, M.D., Ph.D.
Eugene A. Kiyatkin, M.D., Ph.D.
Behavioral Neuroscience Research Branch
NIDA Intramural Research Program
Meera Vaswani, Ph.D.
Nicholas Goeders, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University, Health Sciences Center - Shreveport
2006 Thomas F. Babor, Ph.D.
United States
Robin Room, Ph.D.
Center for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs
Stockholm University
Xiuwen Han, Ph.D.
Alexandros Makriyannis, Ph.D.
Center for Drug Discovery
Northeastern University
Raka Jain, Ph.D.
Michael H. Buamann, Ph.D.
Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Research Branch
NIDA Intramural Research Program
Ronald E. See, Ph.D.
United States
Juan Canales, D.Phil.
Cavanilles Institute
University of Valencia
Tatiana P. Tsarouk, M.D., Ph.D.
Elaine Thompson, Ph.D.
Reconnecting Youth Prevention Research Program
University of Washington, Seattle
2005 Luc Denory, Ph.D.
Toni Shippenberg, Ph.D.
Integrative Neuroscience Research Branch
NIDA Intramural Research Program
Pierre-Paul Rompre, Ph.D.
Roy A. Wise, Ph.D.
Behavioral Neuroscience Research Branch
NIDA Intramural Research Program
Min Zhao, M.D., Ph.D.
Clyde B. McCoy, Ph.D.
Miller School of Medicine
University of Miami
2004 Helena M.T. Barros, M.D., Ph.D.
Klaus A. Miczek, Ph.D.
Tufts University
Ivan Berlin, M.D., Ph.D.
Lirio S. Covey, Ph.D.
Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Kazutaka Ikeda, Ph.D.
Athina Markou, Ph.D.
The Scripps Research Institute
Richard E. Isralowitz, Ph.D.
Shulamith Lala Straussner, D.S.W.
School of Social Work
New York University
2002 Petra Exnerova, Ph.D.
Czech Republic
Thomas F. Hilton, Ph.D.
Services Research Branch
NIDA Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research
2000 Anton Y. Bespalov, M.D., Ph.D.
Athina Markou, Ph.D.
The Scripps Research Institute
Christian G. Schütz, M.D., M.P.H.
John H. Krystal, M.D.
Yale School of Medicine
Tibor Wenger, M.D., Ph.D.
Billy R. Martin, Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University


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