Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for HEAL Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network Coordination and Translation Center

Notice Number: NOT-DA-18-035

Key Dates

Release Date: September 04, 2018
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: October 01, 2018
First Estimated Application Due Date: December 01, 2018
Earliest Estimated Award Date: April 01, 2019
Earliest Estimated Start Date: June 01, 2019

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Issued by
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) intends to publish a series of Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for Cooperative Agreements to solicit applications for a network of researchers collaborating across justice and community-based service settings to transform community-level responses to opioid misuse and opioid use disorder in justice-involved populations.

Opioid misuse and opioid use disorder consequences exist at the intersection of health and justice systems. Improving the capacity of the justice system to respond to opioid crisis with evidence-based approaches that include the use of medications for OUD requires strong partnerships between justice systems and healthcare as well as other community based organizations. Supporting the development of these relationships and novel models of justice-healthcare and other community collaborations is a critical target in addressing the current opioid crisis. NIDA is interested in launching a network of investigators who can rapidly conduct research to address the opioid crisis in justice settings. A variety of research methods will be used, including clinical trials, implementation science research, policy evaluations and/or modeling approaches.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and appropriate projects.

This FOA is expected to use a multicomponent cooperative agreement mechanism.

The FOA is expected to be published in October 2018 with an expected application due date in December 2018.

Research Initiative Details

The JCOIN network is intended to facilitate transdisciplinary collaborations that can create actionable, translatable insights to the justice system and its linkage to healthcare and other community-based organizations that work with justice-involved populations who use opioids or who are at high risk of using opioids. It is expected that there will be significant collaboration across the network and network components. Components of the proposed network will include:

  • Clinical Research Centers. Clinical research centers will emphasize clinical research and clinical trials, including use of medications for OUD (MOUD), implementation, effectiveness, and hybrid implementation-effectiveness studies. Applications will be accepted by individual applicants as well as linked applications from multiple investigators for Clinical Research Centers.
  • Coordination and Translation Center. The Coordination and Translation Center will emphasize managing logistics, stakeholder engagement, and dissemination of findings and products from the JCOIN network.
  • Advanced Analytics and Methodology Resource Center. The Advanced Analytics and Methodology Center will provide data infrastructure support across the cooperative and will conduct foundational research to support the work of the clinical sites, including modeling studies, economic analyses, national surveys, and/or systematic collection and analysis of relevant policies and laws.

Coordination and Translation Center

This FOA is intended to run in parallel with companion FOAs that solicit applications for Clinical Research Centers and an Advanced Analytics and Methodology Resource Center. Applications for each component must be submitted separately.

This initiative intends to seek applications for a single Coordination and Translation Center. This Center is intended to provide a unified infrastructure for coordination and logistical support, including supporting robust performance metrics infrastructure, and will work closely with the network Clinical Sites and the Advanced Analytics and Methodology Research Center.

For the coordinating center, key capacities and efficiencies include providing logistical support for the cooperative; developing and implementing performance metrics for tracking progress across research sites and projects; providing translation and dissemination support, including outreach and engagement with key stakeholder communities; conducting empirical translation and dissemination research; and establishing trans-Network training infrastructure.

HEAL Initiative

This study will be part of the of the NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) initiative to speed the development and implementation of scientific solutions to the national opioid public health crisis. The NIH HEAL Initiative will bolster research across NIH to (1) improve treatment and prevention of opioid misuse and opioid use disorder and (2) enhance pain management. More information and periodic updates about the HEAL Initiative is available at:

Public Law 115-141, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (signed on March 23, 2018) includes a requirement that grantees from for-profit applicant organizations must provide a 50% match and/or in-kind contribution of all federally awarded dollars under the grant award (direct costs, as well as facilities and administrative costs) for research related to opioid addiction, development of opioid alternatives, pain management and addiction treatment.

Funding Information

Estimated Total Funding TBD
Expected Number of Awards TBD
Estimated Award Ceiling TBD
Primary CFDA Numbers 93.279

Anticipated Eligible Organizations

Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Nonprofit without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Small Business
For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)
State Government
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
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)
Regional Organization

Applications are not being solicited at this time.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Tisha R. A. Wiley, Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Telephone: 301-594-4381