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Center for Opioid Epidemiology & Policy Center for Opioid Epidemiology & Policy Grant Program

Center for Opioid Epidemiology & Policy Grant Program

The Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy (COEP) at NYU Langone Health serves as a central source of research on the United States' rapidly shifting opioid overdose epidemic. Our aim is to inform evidence-based policies to prevent opioid misuse, disorder, and overdose in populations nationally and globally.

The multidisciplinary team at COEP focuses on tracking trends in opioid morbidity and mortality, evaluating the impact of state policies and laws to prevent opioid overdoses, and examining the impact of the opioid overdose epidemic on local communities. Our research has included studying drug supply regulation, access to naloxone, and barriers to treatment.

Applicants are encouraged to align their pilot project proposals with one or more of our three focal areas:

  • development of sound scientific evidence on the nature, causes, and consequences of the opioid overdose epidemic
  • prediction of emerging trends and future directions of the epidemic as it changes over time
  • evaluation of evidence-based policies and programs to prevent opioid misuse, disorder, and overdose

Pilot Project Goals and Objectives

We seek applications for pilot projects that support the linkage of data sources and/or utilize quantitative or qualitative methods to bolster one or more of the following research areas of focus:

  • leveraging data, machine learning, and agent-based modeling approaches to track the evolution of the opioid epidemic and predict future hotspots of opioid overdose
  • identifying social and structural determinants of opioid misuse
  • evaluating the impact that health and social policies and programs have on opioid misuse
  • examining the impact of community-level spikes in opioid misuse on the health of local populations
  • tracking emerging trends in opioid, stimulant and other types of drug use

Applicants must demonstrate the potential for future National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other competitive funding based on their pilot project.

Funding and Eligibility

Each year, two awards of $10,000 are available. The award can be used to support salary for principle investigators, postdoctoral fellows, or additional staff and analysts; to conduct new analyses of existing data sources; or for data collection. Eligible applicants include junior faculty at the assistant professor level, fellows, and postdocs employed at NYU Langone Health and the broader NYU research community.

How to Apply

Please see the scoring criteria for the grant application, instructions for the letter of intent, and the full application.

Contact Us

For all inquiries, please contact Caroline Barnes, MPH, senior program manager, at or 646-501-2529.