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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) have released a funding mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in substance abuse services or hazard exposure in rapidly evolving areas (e.g., immediate aftermath of a disaster, changes in service systems, health care financing, policy, industrial accidents potentially affecting large populations or resources such as a local water supply, major changes in land use or expansion of facilities, such as a port or hazardous waste facility, located near residential communities, etc.) 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.

In particular, this program 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.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 pm Friday, June 15, 2007. Letters of intent should be limited to a three-page summary of the proposed research project and the expected date of submission.


Direct costs are limited to $275,000 over an R21 two-year period, with no more than $200,000 in direct costs allowed in any single year.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, June 15, 2007

Sponsor Deadlines:

July 20, 2007
August 20, 2007
September 20, 2007
October 19, 2007

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in life and social science disciplines. Please forward it to faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at

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