DRUG ABUSE RESEARCH FOR AREA INSTITUTIONS

Release Date:  September 17, 2001

NOTICE:  NOT-DA-01-012

National Institute on Drug Abuse
 (http://www.nida.nih.gov)

PURPOSE

As part of its ongoing commitment to expanding the diversity of its 
program of extramural research and utilizing the talent of scientists 
outside major research institutions, the National Institute on Drug 
Abuse (NIDA) is releasing this notice to remind the extramural 
community of the availability of Academic Research Enhancement Awards 
(AREA Grants) and to indicate that funding of AREA grants will be an 
Institute priority during Fiscal Year 2002.

The AREA program is intended to create a research opportunity for 
scientists and institutions that are otherwise unlikely to participate 
extensively in NIH programs.  The program targets domestic institutions 
that provide baccalaureate training or advanced degrees in sciences 
related to health, but that are not major recipients of NIH funds.  
Details on eligibility and clarification of the term “not major 
recipients” of NIH funding may be found in the NIH-wide Program 
Announcement, “Academic Research Enhancement Award” that is available 
at:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-062.html

The following URL allows applicants to determine their eligibility to 
apply under this program:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/area.htm.

NIDA’s funding determinations are based on the scientific and technical 
merit of the application under consideration, programmatic priorities, 
and the availability of funds.  In Fiscal Year 2002, NIDA will give 
particular emphasis to expanding its research portfolio to AREA 
applicants and encourages AREA-eligible applicants to apply for 
research support of biomedical or behavioral studies relevant to drug 
abuse.  Investigators may request support of basic or applied research, 
and NIDA supports research from the perspectives of many scientific 
disciplines.  Further information on the areas of NIDA’s interest may 
be found at http://www.nida.nih.gov.

Additional information on completing AREA applications may be found at
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-01-032.html.

For additional information on NIDA’s AREA program, please contact:

Dr. Teresa Levitin
Director, Office of Extramural Affairs
National Institute on Drug Abuse
6001 Executive Blvd., Rm. 3158, MSC 9547
Bethesda, MD  20892-9547
Email:  TL25U@NIH.GOV
Telephone:  301-443-2755


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