Drug Abuse Dissertation Research (R36)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The goal of this FOA is to enhance the diversity of the drug abuse research workforce by providing dissertation awards on topics related to the study of basic and clinical neuroscience, development, epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, or women and sex/gender differences as they relate to drug abuse. This support will enhance the pool of highly talented drug abuse scientists who conduct research within the funding priority areas (http://www.drugabuse.gov/funding/funding-priorities) or in the NIDA strategic plan (https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/2016-2020-nida-strategic-plan). Applications are encouraged from doctoral candidates in a variety of academic disciplines and programs. This program will ultimately facilitate the entry of promising new investigators into the field of drug abuse research and promote transdisciplinary collaborations. This award is for up to two years of support for the completion of the doctoral dissertation research project.


  • Letter of Intent: 30 days prior to the application due date
  • R36 Deadlines: Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16
  • AIDS Deadlines: Jan. 7, May 7, Sep. 7

PAR-16-443 Expiration Date: January 8, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

The PD/PI must have an appointment at the applicant institution (e.g., research assistant).

 Eligible PD/PIs are predoctoral students at the dissertation stage of training with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research. The applicant must have an approved dissertation proposal (at the time of award), show evidence of high academic performance in the sciences, and a commitment to a career as an independent research scientist, or as an independent physician-scientist or other clinician-scientist (dual-degree training).  

The applicant must be currently enrolled in a PhD or equivalent research degree program (e.g., EngD, DNSc, DrPH, DSW, PharmD, PsyD, ScD), a formally combined MD/PhD program, or other combined professional/clinical and research doctoral (e.g., DDS/PhD) in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences.

By the time of the award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551 or other legal verification of such status).



Amount Description

Grants to support dissertation research will provide no more than $50,000 in direct costs per year.

Applications may request a minimum of one and a maximum of two years of support.  

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

October 16, 2019