Funding Opportunities: Opioids
Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Management of Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults
AHRQ intends to publish a Request for Applications (RFA) to improve the management of opioids and opioid use disorder in older adults. AHRQ’s research has shown that hospitalizations and emergency department visits related to opioids are rapidly increasing among older adults. It is known that older adults may be uniquely at risk to adverse outcomes due to polypharmacy, comorbidities, other age-related conditions, and social stigma and expectations. However, there is relatively little guidance to help clinicians and health systems optimize outcomes related to pain, function, and substance use in this population. Applicants will be expected to develop a comprehensive model that uses evidence-based interventions and quality improvement strategies designed to improve the management of pain, opioid use, and opioid use disorder for older adults in primary care.
For more information, visit https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HS-20-001.html.
Special Emphasis Notice
The purpose of this notice is to inform the research community that AHRQ is interested in receiving health services research grant applications to advance our Nation's understanding of the opioids crisis and provide solutions for addressing it.
In this SEN, AHRQ is interested in health services research to improve pain management, opioid abuse prevention, opioid abuse treatment and recovery, and overdose prevention and treatment with a high degree of interest applications that respond to the following three specific areas of focus:
- Evaluating state, local, and health system policy efforts to address the opioids crisis.
- Developing and evaluating interventions to prevent progression to opioid use disorders in people who are misusing or have experimented with opioids.
- Understanding and addressing the rapid increase in opioid-related hospitalizations among older adults.
AHRQ has a particular interest in health service research applications that address the experience, needs, preferences, and outcomes of priority populations including children and adolescents, women, older adults, people with chronic medical conditions, racial and ethnic minorities, low-income, and rural populations.
The Agency encourages research teams to submit applications in response to this emphasis using AHRQ’s standing R18, R03, and R01 funding mechanisms (PA-18-793, PA-18-794, PA-18-795). AHRQ also is interested in receiving career development awards (PA-16-223 and PA-17-232) that propose developing generalizable health service research skills through projects related to the opioids crisis. Additionally, AHRQ has interest in receiving dissertation award grant proposals that relate to the opioid crisis (PA-18-765).