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HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis Research Sites

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.279
National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Letter of Intent (Optional): Nov 11, 2018
Application: Dec 11, 2018

Scientific/research contact:
Redonna Chandler, PhD

Peer review contact:
Gerald McLaughlin, PhD

Financial and grants management contact:
Pam Fleming


The National Institutes of Health will provide funding for research sites to test the impact of implementing an integrated set of evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice, and other community-based settings to prevent and treat opioid misuse and Opioid Use Disorders (OUDs) within highly affected communities. Combined, all the communities participating in a single research site application must demonstrate having experienced at least 150 opioid related overdose fatalities, 15% of these fatalities must be in rural communities, and a rate of 25 opioid related overdose fatalities per 100,000 persons or higher in the past year, based on the most recent complete year of data available. Only applications that propose clinical trials will be accepted.

The integrated set of evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions should be designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Reduce overdose fatalities and events by 40% in a 3-year period
  • Decrease the incidence of OUD
  • Increase:
    • The number of individuals receiving medication to treat OUD
    • Individuals retained in treatment beyond 6 months
    • Individuals receiving recovery support services
    • The distribution of naloxone compared to baseline

Research sites must must include the structural aims listed in the application instructions that could decrease overdose fatalities and impact secondary outcomes.

States within the top third for age-adjusted drug overdose death rates in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are of special interest. Both prescription and illicit opioids should be considered.

Information on the HEALing Communities Study Data Coordinating Center funding


Eligible applicants include:

  • Higher education institutions
    • Public/state controlled institutions
    • Private institutions
  • Nonprofit organizations
    • With 501(c)(3) status
    • Without 501(c)(3) status
    • Native American tribal organizations
    • Faith-based or community-based organizations
    • Regional organizations
  • Governments
    • State
    • County
    • City or township
    • Special districts
    • Federally recognized Indian/Native American tribal governments
    • Indian/Native American tribal governments (other than federally recognized)
    • Eligible agencies of the federal government
    • U.S. territory or possession
  • Other
    • Independent school districts
    • Public housing authorities
    • Indian housing authorities
    • Non-domestic entities
    • Small businesses
    • For-profit organizations
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

The following estimated amounts will fund 3 research sites:

  • $89,500,000 in FY 2019
  • $96,500,000 in FY 2020 and 2021
  • $48,500,000 in FY 2022

A for-profit awardee will be required to match funds or provide documented in-kind contributions of at least 50% of the award amount.

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through

While not required, potential applicants are encouraged to email a letter of intent to by November 11, 2018.

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Community and faith-based initiatives · Criminal justice system · Illicit drug use · Prescription drug misuse · Research methods and resources

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