Research Funding

NIDA supports research on the biomedical and behavioral causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of drug abuse and addiction. Learn how research is supported by reading the Introduction to Funding.

Although some international researchers receive NIDA support through a direct foreign grant, most international research is supported through a domestic grant with a foreign component, where a principal investigator from a U.S. institution works with a researcher from another country.

NOTE: ALL NIDA and National Institutes of Health grant applications must be submitted electronically. Visit Submit Your Grant Application for details.

Find a Research Partner

  • NIDA International Drug Abuse Research Abstract Database
    A searchable database of research abstracts presented at NIDA International Program meetings by scientists from around the globe working on drug abuse and addiction research.
    A searchable repository of NIH-funded research projects. Locate investigators, access publications, and review details such as project history, abstract, funding levels, results, or related clinical studies.
  • Fellows World Map
    NIDA International fellows are trained in U.S. research methods and prepared to collaborate with drug abuse scientists from around the world. Click on the push pins within a country to find the names of individual fellows and links to their journal articles indexed in PubMed, which is a service of the NIH National Library of Medicine.

Grant-Writing Tools

  • NIH Grants Process Overview
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research describes the steps researchers must take to plan, write, submit, revise, and resubmit a grant application. Resources for each step of the process provide guidance from NIH experts that can help maximize your understanding of the grants process and help you submit a successful grant application.
  • NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
    Virtual lectures provide tips for grant applicants, describe how CSR handles applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health, and demonstrate how a peer review panel evaluates grant applications.
  • Grant Writing
    Provides guidance in developing a strong application that allows reviewers to better evaluate the science and merit of the application.

Researcher Honors

  • ISAJE/WHO Young Scholars Award
    Recognizes contributions to addiction science by young scholars from developing countries and promotes their involvement in research.
  • Mentor International Prevention Award
    Recognizes the achievements of nongovernmental organizations working in the field of drug abuse prevention.
  • NIDA International Awards of Excellence
    Recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions to international cooperation in drug abuse research and training.

Funding Sources

Research Priorities

  • Seek-test-treat and retain HIV/AIDS interventions
  • Abuse of amphetamine-type stimulants, synthetic drugs, or other designer drugs
  • Inhalant abuse
  • Smoking during pregnancy and the impact of prenatal tobacco exposure and the effects of early exposure to tobacco in young people and adolescents on development of addiction and other diseases and on cognitive development
  • Drugged driving