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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 provides two awards for $10,000 each to support emerging research from early career investigators. Applications are due by 5:00PM ET on Friday, December 18, 2020.

View the Request For Proposal and application form.

Pilot Project Grant Program Overview

This year, our Pilot Project Grant Program will focus on supporting work on racial and ethnic inequalities in the experience of the overdose crisis, its drivers, and potential solutions, as well as work on the impact of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on substance use and misuse. We are soliciting applications for pilot projects that focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • describing racial and ethnic inequalities in the rates of opioid initiation, use, misuse, opioid use disorder, overdose, and consequences of use
  • measuring the syndemic of opioid misuse with other psychosocial, social, and structural vulnerability factors among racial and ethnic minority groups
  • examining the social, policy and structural drivers of racial and ethnic inequalities in the overdose epidemic and its effects
  • evaluating racial and ethnic inequalities in the impact of drug, treatment, social, and health policies on opioid-related harms
  • evaluating promising approaches to address racial and ethnic inequalities in accessing treatment for opioid use disorder
  • assessing the impact of COVID-19 on opioid use initiation, misuse, opioid use disorder, and overdose
  • evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on policies that affect access to treatment for opioid use disorder
  • describing how COVID-19-related events have affected stigmas related to drug use, racism, and access to social and medical programs for people who use drugs

Program Eligibility

Eligible applicants include faculty at the assistant professor level, assistant research faculty, assistant research scientists, and postdoctoral fellows employed at NYU Langone Health and the broader NYU research community. Particular attention will be paid to supporting the work of underrepresented minorities in science.

Application Submission Instructions

Applications are due by 5:00PM ET on Friday, December 18, 2020. Access the REDCap application.

Our Pilot Project Awardees, 2019

Our 2019 Pilot Project awardees were Leah Hamilton, PhD, and David Frank, PhD.

Substance Use Behavior and Harm Reduction Service Utilization Among Probationers

People under community supervision by the criminal justice system are at increased risk of having a substance use disorder and struggle to access treatment and resources to reduce their overdose risk. This feasibility pilot study will test a respondent-driven sampling recruitment strategy to identify people under community supervision who use opioids from an initial sample of probationers in New York City. It will also evaluate the acceptability of a harm reduction kit (including naloxone training) and survey of substance use and related health and harm reduction behavior among the sampled group of justice-involved people in the community. Results of this pilot will inform a larger-scale harm reduction intervention with community-based, justice-involved people who use drugs.

Leah Hamilton is a postdoctoral research fellow at NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health, affiliated with the Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy. Her research uses mixed methodology studies to improve substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and harm reduction service access for justice-involved people who use drugs, particularly those who are under community supervision.

Assessing Patient and Provider Attitudes Towards Medication Assisted Treatment

Although medication assisted treatment (MAT)—an intervention that replaces illegal opioids with medically prescribed alternatives—has consistently demonstrated an ability to reduce rates of overdose and other problems linked to illegal opioid use, it also suffers from low rates of use and retention that limit its life-saving potential. This exploratory pilot study uses semi-structured interviews with patients and treatment providers to examine how people in MAT conceptualize their needs and goals, and the corresponding willingness and ability of clinicians to provide them. Study findings will be used to help identify and describe key issues regarding barriers and access to inform a larger mixed methods study, and, ultimately, to improve patient use and retention.

David Frank is a sociologist and postdoctoral research fellow at NYU’s Behavioral Sciences Training in Drug Abuse Research program whose work examines opioid use and treatment issues. It focuses in particular on how biomedical narratives of addiction are often deployed to obscure the role of structural factors, like policy and law, in harms thought to be caused by drug use.

Contact Us

For all inquiries, please contact Caroline Barnes, MPH, senior program manager, at