Communications from the Executive Vice Dean

RFA on Collaborative Research on Opioid Abuse and the Overdose Crisis


Dear Colleagues,

I write to share a recent Request for Application from the PA Department of Health on Collaborative Research on Opioid Abuse and the Overdose Crisis.  There is a limit of one application per institution, and the timeframe is short: the letter of intent is due on August 14.

If you are interested in serving as the principal investigator on this grant, please send a one paragraph description of your proposal to by Tuesday, July 31.  We will review submissions and assemble participants from across campus in order to submit the strongest, single Penn proposal.

Please see below and here for more information.

Thank you,


Jon Epstein, MD


PA DOH 2018-2019 Non-formula research priority: Collaborative Research on Opioid Abuse and the Overdose Crisis

               Application Deadline: August 22, 2018

               Letter of Intent (required): August 14, 2018

               Pre-application conference in Harrisburg: August 7, 2018

               Award Amount: $4,000,000

The RFA guidelines state: The primary goal of this RFA is to fund collaborative research on opioid abuse and the overdoes crisis. The collaborative research project funded by this RFA will bring together established research scientists with proven records of scientific excellence to work with clinicians, non-traditional partners and other researchers, including junior faculty as members of the research team.

In addition it states that the primary objectives are:

  •         To assist in the elimination or reduction of disparities in health status, outcome, prevention or treatment
  •         To promote competitive research development and tech transfer in health sciences that are important to PA
  •         To foster interdisciplinary efforts among academic, business, advocacy and public health institutions
  •         To provide a catalyst for funding from other sponsors including philanthropy, federal and other non-state government
  •         To provide flexibility in order to foster atypical teams who may not usually seek to affiliate for research
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