Notice Announcing NIH HEAL Initiative Research-Dissemination and Engagement Center (R-DEC) Other Transaction Research Opportunity Announcement
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May 24, 2022

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OTA-22-005 - NIH HEAL Initiative Research-Dissemination and Engagement Center (R-DEC)

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Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)



The Helping to End Addiction Long-term® Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative®, has released a research opportunity announcement (OTA-22-005) to solicit applications for the HEAL Research-Dissemination and Engagement Center (R-DEC). Given the urgency of the evolving opioid crisis, the results of HEAL research must reach affected people and communities as quickly as possible. HEAL intends to disseminate findings and data broadly, including to pain and addiction researchers, the broader research community, and various non-researchers and community groups. The HEAL R-DEC will work closely within the existing HEAL Data Ecosystem to translate and disseminate HEAL data and findings in ways that are useful and culturally appropriate to address needs and priorities of communities standing to benefit most from HEAL research. The R-DEC will identify diverse communities, groups, and individuals that are impacted by the opioid crisis and underlying challenges with pain and pain management, build strong bidirectional relationships with these groups, and help HEAL incorporate community input directly into its research processes and dissemination strategies.

Award Project Duration: Project duration is anticipated to be five years, but may be shortened or extended, as needed.

Letters of Intent Due Date: June 13, 2022

Application Due Date: July 18, 2022

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: The budget for this activity is planned for up to $25 million over a 5-year period, including the operations and support for the R-DEC as well as any proposed activities, sub-projects, infrastructure, or investments, once established. The OT mechanism allows for significant flexibilities to make adjustments as needed to pursue new and transformative activities. HEAL intends to issue up to four (4) awards as a result of this ROA. Award levels may increase or decrease over time based on programmatic needs, funding availability, and recipient performance. Requested budgets must justified based on proposed milestones and deliverables.

Read the full announcement: The full research opportunity announcement can be accessed at the NIH HEAL Initiative® website.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Erin Spaniol
Office of the Director/HEAL Initiative