NIDA Research Center of Excellence Grant Program (P50 Clinical Trial Optional)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for research Centers that (1) conduct drug abuse and addiction research in any area of NIDA’s mission, (2) have outstanding innovative science, (3) are multidisciplinary, thematically integrated, synergistic, and (4) serve as national resource(s) to provide educational and outreach activities to drug abuse research communities, educational organizations, the general public, and policy makers in the NIDA research fields. It is expected that a Center will transform knowledge in the sciences it is studying. Incremental work should not be the focus of Center activities; rather, new and creative directions are required. The P50 Center of Excellence is expected to foster the career development and mentoring of new investigators who would be given meaningful roles to play in the Center projects. A goal of this program is to create NIDA Centers that are national community resources for furthering drug abuse research by sharing their findings, their data, and their resources as appropriate  for researchers to use and build upon and to advance research in this field.   


  • Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): 30 days prior to the application due date
  • Application Submission Dates(s):September 25, 2018
  • AIDS Application Submission Dates(s): January 7, 2019

PAR-18-224 Expiration Date: January 8, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

For purposes of this FOA, the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) will be referred to as the Center Director.

An individual who serves as the Center Director of a NIDA P50 Center grant may not concurrently serve as the PD/PI of another NIDA-supported Center. It is expected that the Center Director will commit at least 2.4 person months to Center administration including the administrative core and 1.8 person months to any other core and/or research component directly supported by the Center grant, for a minimum total of 4.2 person months effort.

When multiple Center Directors are proposed, each one is expected to commit a minimum of 2.4 person months effort.

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

September 25, 2018