The Interplay of Substance Abuse and HIV-1 Infection on Glial Cell Function (R01)
Grant Amount: NIDA intends to commit up to $5 million in total costs in FY 2013 to support meritorious projects solicited through this FOA, RFA-DA-13-010 and a companion FOA, RFA-DA-13-011.
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit basic and pre-clinical research applications that study the combined and interactive effects of substance abuse and HIV-1 infection on glial cell biology. It is generally accepted that exposure to drugs of abuse alters neuronal function, yet emerging research suggests that drugs of abuse can disrupt glial cell function, as well. In addition, HIV-1 infection acting through viral and host factors affects glial cell function. This FOA encourages research to characterize the molecular and cellular actions of drugs of abuse and factors elicited by HIV-1 infection, giving emphasis to their additive or synergistic interactions, on glial cell function within the central nervous system (CNS).
The objective of this FOA is to encourage the submission of research applications proposing to study the independent as well as the interactive effects of substances of abuse and HIV-1 infection on glial cell biology. Prior research in this area has largely studied the acute, pharmacological actions of drugs of abuse. A key consideration for applicants is that, in general, chronic exposure to substances of abuse precedes HIV-1 infection. As such, this FOA is particularly interested in applications that are likely to determine whether prior and concurrent substance abuse facilitates or exacerbates the consequences of HIV-1 infection on glial cell function. Therefore, investigators are strongly urged to utilize models of long-term or chronic drug exposure and to consider the consequences of drug-induced plasticity within the nervous system in employing appropriate research models for the study of the consequences between substance abuse and HIV-1 infection on glial cell biology. Given this model, study designs that determine additive or synergistic actions between substances of abuse and HIV-1 infection on glial cell function and biological processes, must consider the roles of host and viral factors generated in response to HIV-1 infection in the context of substance abuse and addictive behaviors.
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Number of Awards Given
6 to 8 awards
Award Amount Notes
NIDA intends to support 6 to 8 R01 applications solicited through this FOA. A companion FOA, RFA-DA-13-011, will support an additional 4 or 5 R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant applications. NIDA intends to commit up to $5 million in total costs in FY 2013 to support meritorious projects solicited through these two FOAs.
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