Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD) Exploratory/Developmental Research Projects (UH2 Cooperative Agreement, Clinical Trial Optional

Notice Number: NOT-AA-20-004

Key Dates
Release Date: March 5, 2020
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: April 20, 2020
First Estimated Application Due Date: May 20, 2020
Earliest Estimated Award Date: November 02, 2020
Earliest Estimated Start Date: December 01, 2020

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit exploratory/developmental projects focused on developing effective diagnosis/screening, interventions and treatment approaches for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). This solicitation is open to all, with an expressed emphasis on new and innovative concepts, approaches, and technologies. To maximize the impact of their research, awardees will be encouraged to establish a collaborative relationship with the NIAAA-supported CIFASD consortium.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop responsive projects.

The FOA is expected to be published in the spring of 2020 with an expected application due date in the spring of 2020.

The FOA will utilize the UH2 activity code, which provides a mechanism for fostering a mutually beneficial collaboration between the awardee and the team of interdisciplinary investigators in the CIFASD consortium conducting research centered on major challenges in FASD. In addition to the collaborative team research environment, awardees may have access to the shared resources within CIFASD consortium. Applications funded by this FOA require the appointment of an NIH Project Scientist, who will have substantial involvement above and beyond the normal program stewardship of the award.

Research Initiative Details

Despite the advances made in the recent decades, there are significant unmet needs in the diagnosis, prevention, and intervention of FASD. These include a consensus on the diagnostic standards for FASD research, scalable and validated methodologies for diagnosis and screening, identification and a mechanistic understanding of risk and resilience factors of high impact, and development of effective interventions targeting cognitive and behavior deficits.

Thus, this FOA solicits exploratory/developmental studies with Cooperative Agreement (UH2), a funding mechanism intended for innovative and high-risk/high-impact projects with no or minimal preliminary data.

NIAAA encourages the submission of exploratory and developmental human or animal studies that focus on, but not limited to:

  • Diagnosis and screening
  • Etiology and mechanism
    • Prevention approaches
  • Interventions

Research that includes or focuses on vulnerable populations such as racial and ethnic minorities and other health disparities populations is encouraged.

AIDS-related research applications will not be accepted in response to this RFA.

Funding Information
Estimated Total Funding : $750,000
Expected Number of Awards: 0 - 3
Estimated Award Ceiling: $175,000 in direct costs
Primary CFDA Numbers: 93.273

Anticipated Eligible Organizations

Private Institution of Higher Education
Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Small Business
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
State Government
County governments
Independent school districts
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Regional Organization
Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization (Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
U.S. Territory or Possession
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entity (Foreign Organization)
Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)

Applications are not being solicited at this time.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Abraham P. Bautista, Ph.D.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)