NIDA Re-Issues Funding Opportunity Announcement for International Research Collaboration
NIDA has reissued a Program Announcement, PA-18-773, International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research, which will be in effect until May 2021. The funding opportunity will support R01 research grant applications that:
Feature a partnership between an investigator at a U.S.-based institution and a researcher from another country.
Take advantage of unusual opportunities that exist outside the United States that will speed scientific discovery, such as
Will provide knowledge that advances health in the United States.
Demonstrate specific relevance to the NIDA mission and objectives.
All types of AIDS, AIDS-related, and non-AIDS applications are allowed, and applications are encouraged in all areas of drug addiction science, including basic science, epidemiology, health services, prevention, and treatment. Applications proposing clinical trials are permitted, but not required.
R01 Research Project grants typically provide support for 3 to 5 years. Most international research is supported through domestic grants with a foreign component. Individuals who wish to use a different grant mechanism are encouraged to apply for funding using one of the following already published “parent” funding opportunity announcements:
R03 NIH Small Research Grant Program (Parent R03 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) PA-18-488
R21 NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) PA-18-489
R21 NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21 Clinical Trial Required) PA-18-344.
More information is available here.
NIDA International Poster Session Begins SPR Meeting
NIDA Deputy Director Wilson Compton, left, Society for Prevention Research (SPR) President Leslie D. Leve, and NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust at the 11th Annual NIDA International Poster Session at the 2018 SPR meeting.
The 11th Annual NIDA International Poster Session opened the 2018 annual conference of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), held in Washington, DC, May 29–June 1. SPR President Leslie D. Leve, Ph.D., University of Oregon, and NIDA Deputy Director Wilson Compton, M.D., M.P.E., welcomed presenters and participants. The international posters highlighted drug and alcohol abuse prevention research featuring U.S. collaborations with prevention researchers from other nations. NIDA provided travel awards to seven researchers: Larissa Maier, Austria; Clea M. B. Sturgess, Canada; Viviana Munoz, Chile; Juliana Mejía-Trujillo, Colombia; Martina Ferić, Croatia; Solomon Renati, India; and Champion Seun-fadipe, Nigeria.
About 100 researchers convened during the International Networking Forum before the poster session. Participants heard progress reports from SPR International Committee workgroups focusing on communications, research collaboration, and outreach coordination. Small group discussions focused on international collaboration; matching research ideas, international settings, and funding; future challenges for prevention science; balancing generic prevention models and the reality of implementation; difficulties in sharing research terminology, measurement constructs, and models; and disseminating ideas for public policy, practices, and research advances. Representatives from international organizations and governmental agencies briefed participants on their prevention research activities. Speakers represented the International Society of Substance Use Professionals, United Nations Office of Drug Control, NIDA International Program, and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Fogarty International Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary
The Fogarty International Center, which coordinates U.S. National Institutes of Health activities around the world, turned 50 this year. A May 1, 2018, symposium reviewed Fogarty research and training programs and explored new frontiers in global health research. In addition to the symposium, a book explores the center’s history and how the HIV/AIDS crisis prompted Fogarty to focus on research capacity-building efforts in low- and middle-income countries. Fogarty at 50: Advancing science for global health since 1968 also provides examples of the center’s scientific accomplishments. To download the book, click here.
For a symposium agenda, speaker biographies, and a link to the recorded webcast, click here.
CPDD International Committee Selects Travel Award Recipient
The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) International Committee selected Nicolas Poliansky as the recipient of its 2018 Travel Award. NIDA, the University of Miami, and CPDD support the award for drug abuse-related researchers from low- or middle-income countries to participate in the NIDA International Forum and the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting. A psychologist, Mr. Poliansky is director of outpatient treatment at Fundación Convivir. He specializes in dual disorders and prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse in the workplace, and supervises research projects at Fundación Convivir. Since 2015, he has led workshop assignments in community psychology at Universidad del Museo Social Argentino.
Brazilian Researcher Receives Inciardi Award to Attend Forum and CPDD
Letícia Schwanck Fara
The James Inciardi Award for Young Investigators provides air travel to the NIDA International Forum and College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) meetings for a young investigator from the Center for Drug and Alcohol Research at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Letícia Schwanck Fara has received the 2018 award for her NIDA International Forum poster, "Frequency of psychiatric disorders and impulsivity among drug-using drivers." Flavio Kapczinski, McMaster University, chaired the selection committee. The award was established in 2015 through an annual donation from Dr. Catia Olivier Mello and the Brazilian center’s director, 1993–1994 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Flavio Pechansky, M.D., Ph.D. Drs. Mello and Pechansky created the award in memory of the late James A. Inciardi, Ph.D., University of Delaware. "The award is a tribute to the spirit of encouragement of Prof. Inciardi—in particular to young talents—and aims at stimulating young investigators of our center to develop their professional careers through contact with one of the main world events in the field—CPDD and its satellite meetings," Dr. Pechansky said.
International Organizers Use Creative Approaches for Drug and Alcohol Facts Week Events
Substance abuse professionals in 16 countries hosted 180 drug and alcohol education programs as part of the 2018 National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). NIDA and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) cosponsor the international health information program that supports locally planned and hosted school and community events to provide teens with scientific facts about drugs and alcohol.
Former NIDA International Fellows often lead NDAFW events in their countries. NIDA Office of Science Policy and Communications Analyst Brian Marquis said that the fellows use their sometimes-limited resources to effectively engage the prevention, education, and policy communities in their countries, “doing some of the best work we see.” In Burma (Myanmar), former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Yu Yu Aung trained 230 youth volunteers for 3 days before they conducted interactive prevention and education sessions for 70,000 adolescents aged 10 to 15 years. She is currently conducting an evaluation of the effort, analyzing data from pre- and post-tests for the intervention and control groups. In Pakistan, former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Farheen Naveed directs the Drug Free Pakistan Foundation, which produced animated videos and organized trainings for teachers and parents, school awareness programs, and 2-day youth leadership training. Another former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow from Pakistan, Salman Shahzad, Ph.D., and his colleagues provided referrals for substance abuse or mental health treatment for participants in a community Walk for Life and conducted school programs for students in grades 5 through 10. In Ukraine, former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Valeriy R. Ryabukha trains teachers in substance abuse prevention and hosted sessions for 10th graders in 15 schools.
Other international events included community programs with youth volunteers, school programs, poster contests, lectures, and trainings for health care professionals. In the Cayman Islands, the National Drug Council organized poster, video, song writing, and photo contests. Pinnacle Medical Services in Lagos, Nigeria, held a statewide contest for students from 20 schools. A community Alcohol and Substance Abuse Education Walk raised money for school sports and scholarships in South Africa. School programs in Zambia featured drama and creative theater performances.
NIDA and NIAAA invite international substance abuse professionals to host events during the 2019 NDAFW, to be held January 22–27. International schools are also invited to participate in Chat Day on January 24, 2019, where students in registered high schools may submit online questions about substance abuse to NIDA and NIAAA experts. For more information, see the NDAFW online guide.
Humphrey Fellowships Turn 40
The U.S. Department of State Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is marking its 40th anniversary with special events. Fellows from sub-Saharan Africa are invited to an alumni conference September 12–15, 2018, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference will focus on trends in economic development, good governance, and the current fields of study. The October 2019 Global Leadership Forum also will focus on the anniversary.
The NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships are a component of the larger State Department program. Since 1990, NIDA and the State Department have supported more than 330 NIDA Humphrey fellows from 93 countries. Learn more about the NIDA Humphrey Fellowships here.
NIDA Humphrey Fellow Invites Pakistani Ambassador to VCU
The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and the VCU Global Education Office hosted an April talk about the future of U.S.-Pakistan relations with the Pakistani ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry. 2017–2018 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Rabia Hanif of Pakistan arranged his visit. Ambassador Chaudhry, left, talks with Wendy Kliewer, Ph.D., professor and chair of the VCU department of psychology, and J. Randy Koch, Ph.D., VCU research associate professor and coordinator of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.
Updates from NIDA Humphrey Fellows
Current and former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows report new professional accomplishments:
2016–2017 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow María Elisa Cabrera is now the coordinator of the Evaluation and Monitoring Area of the National Secretary of Drugs of Uruguay. She will conduct an economic evaluation of Uruguay's new cannabis regulations, which she designed during her fellowship.
The 2017–2018 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Fellows celebrated the end of their fellowships with a graduation ceremony at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) on April 28, 2018. NIDA International Program Fellowship Administrator Lisa Jordre attended the ceremony.
2017–2018 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Tram Tran Andrews has been accepted as a designated visiting scholar in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
2017–2018 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Zaira Zambelli Taveira participated in the 17th Annual Session for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, April 16–19, 2018. She also asked a question of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter during the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Global Development and Social Justice Conference.
2017–2018 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows met with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on March 8, 2018.