The availability of all awards is contingent upon the receipt of adequate funding.

Request for Applications - Deadline: 11PM EDT September 20, 2013

The NIDA-AACAP Resident Research Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction, supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, offers up to $20,000 for research support (award amount includes travel to AACAP's 61st Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, October 20-25, 2014, and travel to the NIDA Clinical Trials Network’s Steering Committee meeting in 2014) and $2,000 for a mentor stipend. (All awards are contingent upon the receipt of adequate funding support.)

Awardee(s) will conduct a pilot/preliminary research study (this may include secondary analyses of existing data); present a scientific poster at the 61st AACAP Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA from October 20-25, 2014; and develop a submission of a research manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Award recipients should be matched with a faculty member with established research expertise (the mentor does not need to be a child psychiatrist by training). The mentor is responsible for providing a letter of support with plans for regular in-person, phone, or video meetings; assisting with planning and implementation of project; facilitating information and resources knowledge transfer; and assisting with developing the poster presentation and peer-reviewed publication.

Award Requirements

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a psychiatry, child psychiatry, or triple board program and be at the PGY2 level or higher.
  • Applicants must be in a fully accredited general psychiatry or child and adolescent psychiatry clinical research or training program.
  • Applicants must have a mentor who has had experience in the type of research that is being proposed and it is preferred that their work include children and adolescents participants. The mentor does not need to be a child psychiatrist by training.
  • Candidates must not have any current or previous significant, individual research funding in the field of child and adolescent mental health. Candidates should not have had previous or simultaneous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other research funding sources. Eligible candidates will not have a career development award.
  • Applicants must either be AACAP members or have a membership application pending (not paid by the award) and agree to submit a poster presentation on his or her research for the AACAP's 61st Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, October 20-25, 2014.
  • Applicants must agree to attend the NIDA Clinical Trials Network’s Steering Committee meeting in 2014 to experience data sharing, review grant application processes, and network with other addiction clinicians and researchers.
  • Applications must be submitted via email by 11PM EDT on September 20, 2013.
  • All applicants are responsible for ensuring their own adherence to all federal research regulations, certifications and assurances. Institutional agreement of acceptance of their role and responsibility for the oversight of the applicant’s research will be requested through the application process.
  • Participants agree to participate in all annual surveys as part of the program evaluation process.

Instructions for Application Submission

Please submit the following required items by email to Celia Johnson, Research and Training Coordinator, at Note: All letters submitted electronically must contain signatures.

  • 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.

Proposed Clinical Research Topic Areas
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 Yoshie Davison, M.S.W., AACAP Director of Research, Training and Education at 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 2013 and ending October 2014. 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
All completed applications and attachments must be submitted by 11PM EDT on September 20, 2013. Applicants must complete the online application and upload the following documents: Click here to apply for the NIDA-AACAP Resident Research Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction.

Applicants must email all application materials to Celia Johnson, Research and Training Coordinator, at

For more information, contact the Department of Research, Training and Education at 202.587.9664 or email

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

AACAP reserves the right to waive liabilities.