NIDA-AACAP Resident Research Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction,
supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse

The NIDA-AACAP Resident Research Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction
, supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, seeks to facilitate the dissemination of research-based treatment by general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry residents in treatment settings.  By providing up to two awards to residents for research programs, we support these young investigators at a critical stage, encouraging future careers in substance abuse and addiction research.

The award offers up to $20,000 for research support (award amount includes travel to AACAP's 62nd Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, October 26 - November 1, 2015; and travel to the NIDA Clinical Trials Network's Steering Committee meeting in 2015.) and $2,000 for a mentor stipend.
(All awards are contingent upon the receipt of adequate funding support.)


Please submit the following required items to Carmen J. Head, Director Research, Training and Education via email. Note: All letters submitted electronically must contain valid signatures.

Instructions for Application Submission

  • Completed award application.
  • A proposal, of no more than five pages (single spaced, no less than 12 pt. font and 1'' margins), to include no more than one page candidate section; two pages of research section; a one page detailed project timeline; and a one page budget and justification. A human subjects section is required as well as documentation, and one page addressing the inclusion or exclusion of women and minorities. (Human subjects section and References may exceed the five-page limit).
    1. Candidate section, including a brief description of background and interest in the substance abuse and addiction field.
    2. The research sections should include the following sections: significance and specific aims, hypotheses, background and rationale, and a research plan (including data analysis plan). Refer to the selection of research topics.
    3. The detailed project timeline should list tentative dates of all procedures for the proposed research project. These include but are not limited to data collection processes, analysis of results, and final report writing.
    4. The budget should contain sufficient detail so that each item can be judged separately. Computer related items (e.g., personal computers, printers, modems, etc.) are extremely unlikely to receive budget approval. No salary support for the principal investigator will be provided. No indirect costs for the institution will be provided. Typical budget items may include but are not limited to: subject honoraria and travel expenses, instrumentation costs, assay and lab test costs, and/or payment to research assistants.
  • A letter of support from residency training director.
  • A letter of support from the proposed mentor, including a descriptive support of awardee and a brief description on how he/she will play a key role in shaping and assisting the candidate in fulfilling the needs of this award.
  • Candidate's current curriculum vitae.
  • Letter detailing any current non-Federal research funding (role on project, title, type of project, and source of funds).
Note: All research protocols involving human and animal subjects must be approved and undergo continuing review by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). This must be verified at time of award and does not need to be included with the application.


Proposals must include components of child and adolescent substance abuse and/or addiction treatment research. Recommended topic areas include:
  • Screening and brief intervention for adolescents misusing tobacco, alcohol and other drugs including prescription medications;
  • Smoking cessation for adolescent patients in the medical or behavioral healthcare system;
  • Integrating substance abuse treatment for youth with(in) primary care or a medical home;
  • Integration or augmentation of electronic health records to include substance abuse and addiction disorders for youth;
  • Prescription drug abuse in youth;
  • Co-occurring disorders in youth;
  • Screening and management of HIV/Hepatitis/STD infections in adolescent patients with substance abuse and addiction disorders; or
  • Other research projects that meet the criteria of direct relevance to child and adolescent substance abuse and/or addiction treatment research and dissemination will be considered. If this situation applies, applicants will contact Carmen J. Head, MPH, AACAP Director of Research, Training and Education via email to discuss before submitting.

Program Format

The awardee will be required to have a mentor with relevant research expertise, who will be committed to assisting and monitoring the awardee with conducting the research project and its publications. The mentor does not need to be a child psychiatrist by training. Research support funding is up to $20,000 and $2,000 for a mentor stipend beginning on October 2014 and ending October 2015. Work must be completed within this period. Any unused funds must be returned to the AACAP. All awardees are expected to attend any required events at the Annual Meeting at the AACAP’s discretion.

AACAP has the right to waive informalities.

Application Deadline

*Please note that the availability of this award is contingent on funding from NIDA.

AACAP reserves the right to waive liabilities.