Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

ADAI Small Grants Program

Notice: ADAI is pausing this program until Fall 2021.

Purpose

The Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (formerly the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute) works to stimulate and facilitate UW research on alcohol and drug use and addiction through its Small Grants Program, which awards funds to UW researchers for pilot studies and developmental research. The scope ranges from pharmacology of drugs to studies of clinical treatment strategies, prevention, and social policy issues. UW researchers should consider the Small Grants Program as a resource to help develop research through initial funding for promising pilot projects which may ultimately be developed into full studies with outside funding.

Regular Small Grants (all alcohol and drug topics)
Research is supported across a broad range of study related to alcohol and drug use and addiction, from pharmacology to clinical and psychosocial research.  These grants are available to UW researchers only.  Applications are due on March 15 and October 15. (NOTE: ADAI IS PAUSING THIS PROGRAM UNTIL FALL 2021)

  • Award limit: $30,000 to faculty and research scientists; $20,000 to mentored predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Full RFA available here.

Marijuana Small Grants
NOTE: the information below refers to the previous grant cycle and is posted here for reference. Details about future dedicated funding for marijuana research have not yet been determined.

Research is supported across a broad range of study related to marijuana use, from pharmacology to clinical and psychosocial research. NOTE: these projects may be either up to 7 mo. duration (Option A) or up to 18 months (Option B), without possibility of a no-cost extension.  These grants are available to UW researchers only.

  • Deadline: 5:00 pm on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019
  • Earliest start date: Dec. 1, 2019
  • End date: June 30, 2020 (Option A) or June 30, 2021 (Option B). All funds must be spent by these dates due to provisions of the state‚Äôs allocations of the Dedicated Marijuana Fund)
  • Award limit: See RFA for details.
  • Full RFA available here.

* If March 15 or October 15 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next regular workday at 5:00pm.

Funded Projects

Since 1973, ADAI has awarded nearly $5,000,000 to researchers in more than 40 departments at the University of Washington. Currently, two levels of funding are available: faculty and research scientists may apply for funding up to $30,000; mentored predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows may receive up to $20,000. 

View previously funded awards:



Review Process

There are two grant cycles each year (deadlines March 15 and October 15). Funding decisions are based on scientific merit assessed by peer review, relevance of the question to the field, innovation, and potential for new insights into the problems of substance use. Anonymous comments from the reviewers are returned to the investigators to provide constructive feedback, which is often used to improve a non-funded grant for future re-submission. For more information about submission and review process and criteria, Guidelines for Proposals.

Benefits to the University

The ADAI Small Grants Program has made a significant impact on the University and the field of alcohol and drug research and study overall: many millions of dollars in funding from NIH and other sponsors have been awarded to UW researchers who conducted pilot work using ADAI funds. Published articles, presentations, and support for graduate student research are additional outcomes of this funding. These results are noted in the descriptions of Previously Funded Small Grants (sidebar to the right). 

For more information: Email ADAI or John F. Neumaier, MD, PhD (Professor, UW Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences), Director of the ADAI Small Grants Program