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Opioid Crisis Innovation Challenge 2021

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts
Jul 19, 2021

For programmatic or technical questions:
Ken Shatzkes, PhD

For questions regarding the application process:
Lydia Tschoe


The Foundation for Opioid Response efforts provides funding for multi-disciplinary teams to develop innovative projects that address the national opioid crisis by reducing overdoses, increasing access to treatment, and supporting long-term recovery. Projects should focus on vulnerable populations, which includes rural communities.

Focus areas include:

  • Professional education and training projects that propose new approaches to educating healthcare, education, legal, criminal justice, and other professionals on stigma related opioid addiction
  • Timely and actionable data projects that integrate new and untapped data sources and apply emerging technology to better understand the crisis and support national, state, and local responses
  • Projects to support the transition from treatment to recovery that may include new uses of technology, such as digital and mobile apps or other innovations, to support individuals transitioning to long-term recovery

Proposed projects should contribute to long-lasting improvements in patient care and/or other aspects of the opioid crisis. Priority is given to proposals with a focus on health equity and/or patient-centered solutions.


Eligible applicants include:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Nonprofit, tax-exempt universities
  • State, local, and tribal government units and agencies
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Up to $300,000 for a two-year project period.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website when applications are being accepted.

Applicants must submit a concept note through the online system by July 19, 2021. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Applicant webinar recording

Tagged as
Health disparities · Illicit drug use · Networking and collaboration · Prescription drug misuse · Statistics and data · Stigma · Substance use and misuse · Technology for health and human services

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