A concept describes the basic purpose, scope, and objectives of a potential solicitation of grants or contracts. Most frequently, the concept will be developed into a Request for Applications (RFA) or Request for Proposals (RFP) — initiatives for which money has been set aside by the Institute to stimulate research in a well-defined scientific area in order to accomplish specific program objectives. A concept clearance is the process by which NIAAA receives public advice on the merits of the potential solicitation.

Concepts that cleared through the NIAAA Advisory Council are posted on the NIAAA website to alert researchers to NIAAA interests and potential funding opportunities; however, budget constraints may prevent an approved concept from becoming an actual RFA or RFP. Furthermore, the actual solicitation may differ in certain details from its originating concept.

The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NACAAA) conducts most, but not all, NIAAA concept clearances. Concepts may also be cleared through other public venues.

This listing of potential future initiatives is meant to provide the earliest possible alert to potential applicants in order to maximize application preparation time. While the NIAAA plans to proceed with these initiatives, their publication and timing is not certain and depends on sufficient funds being available. The titles and brief descriptions are consistent with the information available at the time of concept clearance. The resultant RFAs, PAs, RFPs may differ from the concepts in the final wording of the titles or other aspects.

Please send questions regarding specific concepts to the program contacts listed in the concept description. Some details about cleared concepts, like receipt dates, become available only upon NIAAA issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

NACAAA-Approved Concepts

Alcohol and Aging Concept Clearance (2020 NOSI)

May 12, 2020

The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to promote research to improve our understanding of the effects of alcohol consumption on aging across different levels of biological organization including the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, organism, and societal levels.

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Alcohol Research Awards (Clinical Trial Not Allowed, R24)

May 12, 2020

The purpose of the Resource-Related Research Projects (R24, clinical trial not allowed) grant mechanism is to support investigator-initiated research resource projects that will provide resources to other investigators who conduct biomedical research appropriate to the mission of NIAAA.

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Epidemiology and Prevention in Alcohol Research

May 12, 2020

The purpose of this announcement is to replace a series of recently expired Program Announcements in order to communicate the broad scope of research topics of interest to the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): Prevention and Intervention

May 12, 2020

The purpose of this concept is to support research that advances interventions for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and prevention approaches to reduce prenatal alcohol exposure and the incidence of FASD.

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Secondary Analyses of Existing Alcohol Research Data

February 6, 2020

The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to solicit applications to support the secondary analyses of existing data sets with the goal of enhancing our understanding of the following: 1) the patterns and trajectories of alcohol consumption, and 2) the epidemiology and etiology, including genetics, of alcohol-related problems and disorders.

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Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD) Exploratory/Developmental Research Projects (Re-issue of RFA-AA-17-012)

February 6, 2020

The purpose of this FOA, a reissue of RFA-AA-17-012, is to solicit exploratory/developmental projects focused on developing effective diagnosis/screening, interventions and treatment approaches for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

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The Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism (INIA)

February 6, 2020

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) seeks to continue the Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism (INIA), a translational, multidisciplinary, collaborative research effort studying brain mechanisms of excessive alcohol drinking associated with alcohol use disorder (AUD) and the relationship between excessive drinking, stress, and anxiety.

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Medications Development for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder and Alcohol-Related Organ Damage

September 12, 2019

The purpose of this RFA is to support research that advances compounds towards FDA approval.  NIAAA is seeking cooperative agreement applications (U01) for studies that move promising compounds through the drug development pipeline for the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) or Alcohol-Related Organ Damage (AROD). 

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Alcohol and HIV/AIDS - Comorbidities, Coinfections, and Complications Research: Intervention and Cross-Cutting Foundational Research

September 12, 2019

Research funded under the FOA should serve as the foundation for a next generation of intervention studies to address alcohol use from transmission to treatment of HIV. Intervention studies should inform implementation efforts to improve provision of alcohol-related interventions and treatments for people living with HIV (PLWH) in healthcare and community settings.

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