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

The NIDA-AACAP Resident Training 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 training programs, we support these young investigators at a critical stage, encouraging future careers in substance abuse and addiction research.

For early investigators, obtaining funding for training and mentored experiences is critical, but it is also the most difficult to secure. The NIDA-AACAP Training Award provides up to one year of support to general and child and adolescent psychiatry residents to support training in research. Through support from this program, the awardee(s) will:

  • Conduct a project including secondary data or analyses;
  • Develop an abstract for a scientific poster presentation at the 63rd AACAP Annual Meeting in 2016; and
  • Develop a submission of a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

This award does not support new, free-standing pilot studies, clinical trials, or clinical research studies.

The award offers up to $18,000 for program support (award amount includes travel to AACAP's 63rd Annual Meeting in New York, NY, October 24 - 29, 2016; and travel to the NIDA Clinical Trials Network's Steering Committee meeting in spring 2016) and $2,000 for a mentor stipend. (All awards are contingent upon the receipt of adequate funding support.)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Please submit the following required items to Lisell Perez-Rogers, Coordinator, Research and Training at lrogers@aacap.org by 11:00PM EST on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. 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) including:
    • Candidate section, including a brief description of background and interest in the substance abuse and addiction field.
    • Planned activities including full details on significance and specific aims, goals, background, rationale, and an implementation and dissemination plan.
    • A detailed project timeline with tentative dates of all activities for the proposed project.
    • A budget and budget justification containing sufficient detail so that each item can be judged separately. Computer related items (e.g., personal computers, printers, modems, etc.) are unlikely to receive budget approval. Salary support will not be provided for the mentor. No indirect costs for the institution will be provided. Typical budget items may include, but are not limited to, honoraria, travel expenses, etc.
  • A letter detailing any current and/or previous research funding.
  • The applicant's current curriculum vitae.
  • A letter of support from the residency training director.
  • A letter of support from the proposed mentor, including 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.
  • A letter of support from the residency training director.
  • A letter of support from the proposed mentor, including 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.

RECOMMEND ACTIVITIES

The goal of this award is to further advance the translation and dissemination of research rather than directly engage award recipients in human-subject research. Applicants may select projects that include the following:

  • Participation in the planning, design, and implementation of the mentor's ongoing clinical trials and studies; or
  • Review of healthcare data to identify gaps/opportunities/barriers to the implementation of evidence-based practices in general medical settings or needs

RECOMMENDED CLINICAL 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 marijuana, 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; or
  • Screening and management of HIV/Hepatitis/STD infections in adolescent patients with substance abuse and addiction disorders.
  • AACAP will consider additional research topics that meet the criteria of direct relevance to child and adolescent substance abuse and/or addiction treatment research and dissemination. For consideration of a topic not listed above, applicants must contact Carmen J. Head, MPH, AACAP Director of Research, Training, and Education at chead@aacap.org to discuss his/her topic before submitting an application.

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 enrolled 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 substance use disorder treatment and/or research. It is preferred that the mentor's work include children and adolescents. 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 proposal for a poster presentation on his or her activities or project for AACAP's 63rd Annual Meeting, October 24-29, 2016 in New York, NY.
  • Applicants must agree to attend the NIDA Clinical Trials Network's Steering Committee meeting in spring 2016 (date to be determined) to learn about data sharing opportunities, review grant application processes, and network with other addiction clinicians and researchers.
  • Applications must be submitted via e-mail to Lisell Perez-Rogers at lrogers@aacap.org by 11:00PM EST on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.
  • 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 award and proposed activities will be requested through the application process.
  • Participants agree to participate in all annual surveys as part of the program evaluation process.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

  • All award recipients will be required to submit a progress report detailing his/her work in May 2016.
  • All award recipients will be required to submit a presentation on his/her project for the 63rd AACAP Annual Meeting.

REVIEW PROCESS

Applications will be reviewed by senior investigators with experience in related work in child and adolescent psychiatry research. Prior to the scientific review process, applications will undergo an administrative review process.

  • Administrative Review – Applications will be reviewed for submission of all application materials. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded for further review. Please ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and have submitted all requested application materials before finalizing your application.
  • Selection & Review – Applications will undergo a scientific review process by senior child and adolescent psychiatrists with relevant expertise. Applications will be scored by the NIDA-AACAP Resident Training Award Program Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will prepare written reviews and score all applications. The review criteria are as follows:
    • Strength of the proposed activities or project plan, including conceptual or clinical framework, or secondary data gathering plan, design, methods, and analyses
    • Feasibility of the proposed activities or project to advance scientific knowledge or clinical practice in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry;
    • The applicant's commitment and potential to become a champion of SUD evidence-based treatment in general medical settings and/or career investigator in the SUD field;
    • Endorsement, support, and qualifications of the applicant; and
    • Strength of commitment and support from the applicant's host institution.

AACAP reserves the right to cancel the award if terms and conditions are not met. AACAP maintains the right to waive informalities.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

All completed applications and attachments must be submitted by 11PM EST on Wednesday December 30, 2015

Materials should be sent to Lisell Perez-Rogers at lrogers@aacap.org

Last updated: December 2015