The Charles Koch Foundation has issued an RFP for Substance Abuse Research Grants.
According to the foundation, in the summer of 2019 the Centers for Disease Control reported the first decline in drug overdose deaths since 1990. However, the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health report found that one in twelve American adults (18.7 million) have a substance use disorder. The impacts of substance abuse continue to undermine the strength of our communities and more work needs to be done to combat this problem.
To that end, the foundation is seeking proposals for research projects (e.g., papers, conferences, workshops, etc.) that explore innovative community-based solutions that are aimed at destroying the root causes of substance abuse. The foundation is especially interested in research that addresses ways in which individuals can overcome substance use disorders, prevent drug overdoses, and increase their willingness to seek treatment for substance abuse; explores the root causes of addiction and substance use disorders as well as innovative means to prevent substance abuse by remedying these root causes; addresses the unintended consequences of current approaches to reduce drug overdoses and substance abuse; examines solutions that offer a proactive approach to fighting addiction rather than a reactive approach focused on treatment and recovery; and explores opportunities to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders and celebrate success in overcoming addiction and substance abuse.
Eligible applicants include universities, colleges, think tanks, or other tax-exempt organizations as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
See the Charles Koch Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.