Notice of NIDA Participation in PAR-07-157 Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities (R01)

Notice Number: NOT-DA-07-008

Key Dates
Release Date: February 3, 2007

Issued by
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), (

This notice is to inform the scientific community that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is participating as a co-sponsor of the program announcement (PA), PAR-07-157 (, Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities (R01).

This PAR is intended to support substance abuse services research in rapidly evolving areas where opportunities for empirical study are, by their very nature, only available through expedited award of support.

There are three distinguishing features of an eligible study: 1) the study's scientific value and feasibility are clear; 2) rapid review and funding are required in order for the scientific question to be answered and for the research design to be carried out; and 3) the knowledge gained from the study cannot be obtained through the regular NIH cycle of review and award. It should be clear that the research question offers an uncommon and scientifically significant services research opportunity that could only become available if the project is initiated with minimum delay. For these reasons, applications in response to this time sensitive mechanism are only eligible for one submission. Revised applications submitted under this announcement are not permitted.

In particular, this FOA encourages innovative scientific partnerships between researchers and community or public partners (e.g., public substance abuse, mental health, or health care systems, long-term care providers, criminal justice settings, health care providers, payers, health authorities, etc.) who cannot delay policy or program changes in order to obtain baseline research data related to such changes. Research collaborations intended to answer unique and innovative questions concerning changes in a health care system or policy are of most interest.


For additional information or questions, please contact:

Redonna K. Chandler, Ph.D.
Branch Chief
Services Research Branch
Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 5177, MSC 9589
Bethesda, MD 20892-9589
Phone: 301-443-6504
Fax: 301-443-6815