Funding Opportunities: Opioids
Funding Announcement: Improving Management of Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in Older Adults (R18)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks applications to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate strategies to improve the management of opioid use, misuse, and opioid use disorder (OUD) in older adults in primary care settings, especially in settings with large segments of socially at-risk older adults. The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid crisis that is affecting people from all walks of life. Regulators and policymakers have initiated many activities to curb the crisis, but relatively little attention has been paid to the growing toll of opioid use, opioid misuse, and OUD in older adults. Between 2010 and 2015, the rate of opioid-related inpatient stays and emergency department (ED) visits increased for people 65 years old and older by 34% and 74%, respectively. This includes older adults who experienced common side effects from opioids such as constipation, confusion, nausea, falls, etc., as well as overdoses.
Applicants must propose a comprehensive plan that uses evidence-based interventions and quality improvement strategies designed to improve the management of pain, opioid use, and OUD for older adults in primary care. For more information, please visit RFA-HS-20-001. Applications are due by February 20, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
A Technical Assistance call will be held on January 21, 2020, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. To register to participate in the conference call, please send an email request to Elisabeth.Kato@ahrq.hhs.gov by January 16, 2020.
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).