NIH leadership from across the agency has been working diligently over the past several months to identify areas of greatest opportunity for research to address the national opioid crisis. The result is more than 30 new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to solicit the best and brightest research ideas through the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM) Initiative.
Through these and other investments, NIH plans to award more than $850 million in support of HEAL Initiative research in fiscal year (FY) 2019 (from funds appropriated in FY 2018 and FY 2019). This adds to a substantial investment made by NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) in the areas of pain, addiction, complementary medicine, and much more.
The NIH HEAL Initiative is taking an “all-hands-on deck” approach to this crisis, garnering expertise from almost every NIH IC to attack the problem from all angles. New HEAL programs reflect the full spectrum of research from basic science to implementation research and across all disciplines.