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Substance Use and Abuse, Risky Decision Making and HIV/AIDS (R03)

Grant Amount: Unspecified.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to stimulate model-driven research to understand the ways that people make decisions about engaging in behaviors that impact the risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV, or to adhere to treatments for HIV. Decision making processes may contribute to both substance use/abuse and other HIV acquisition or transmission risks. A better understanding of decision making processes in the context of brain neural networks and their associated functions would lead to the development of better strategies to reduce the frequency of HIV-risk behaviors. Therefore, this FOA encourages applications to study (1) cognitive, motivational or emotional mechanisms and/or (2) brain neuroendocrine and reinforcement systems that are related to HIV-risk behaviors or treatment non-compliance. Interdisciplinary studies that incorporate approaches from psychology, economics, anthropology, sociology, decision sciences, neuroscience and computational modeling are encouraged. This FOA for R03 applications encourages small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. The R03 activity code supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. In no cases, should research involving animals be proposed.

This FOA encourages R03 applications that will employ experimental measures or manipulations in human laboratory settings to better characterize and understand poor decision making and risky behavior as they relate to HIV/AIDS and substance use/abuse. This FOA supports discrete, well-defined projects that can realistically be completed within two years and require limited levels of funding. R03 grant applications are not expected to have the same level of detail or extensive discussion found in an R01 application. Appropriate justification for the proposed work can be provided through literature citations, data from other sources, or from investigator-generated data. Preliminary data are not required, particularly in applications proposing pilot or feasibility studies. Studies that involve individuals living with HIV or persons who are recognized to be at high risk of acquiring HIV are strongly encouraged. Studies may examine behaviors, attitudes or underlying brain processes that increase the risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV (e.g. unprotected sexual activity) or decrease adherence to ARV regimens. Investigators conducting research on the natural history and epidemiology, prevention, services or treatment aspects of drug or alcohol abuse and HIV/AIDS should refer to the NIDA or NIAAA FOAs directed at those areas (;

Funding Organization
National Institute on Drug Abuse
US Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Fund Category
Support Types
Eligible Organizations
City Agencies
Commercial Organizations
Community Based Organizations
County Agencies
Educational Organizations/Institutions
Federal Government Agencies
International Agencies
IRS 501 (c)(3) Organizations
Nonprofit Organizations
Religious Organizations
State Agencies
Tribal Organizations
Award Amount Notes
The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

The combined budget for direct costs for the two year project period may not exceed $100,000. No more than $50,000 in direct costs may be requested in any single year.

Application Due Date
Project Start Date
Application Contact
Phone: (301) 435-0714
Technical Contact
Yu (Woody) Lin
Phone: (301) 435-1318
Fund Duration
Up to 2 years.
Behavioral Research
High Risk Behaviors
HIV/AIDS Prevention
Medical Treatments and Therapies
Research Programs
Risk Reduction
Substance Abuse Treatment and Counseling
HIV Positive Persons
Persons Practicing High Risk Behaviors
Persons with HIV/AIDS
Application Process
Applicants must download the SF424 (R&R) application package associated with this funding opportunity using the “Apply for Grant Electronically” button in this FOA or following the directions provided at

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide (, except where instructed in this funding opportunity announcement to do otherwise. Conformance to the requirements in the Application Guide is required and strictly enforced. Applications that are out of compliance with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.
Companion Funding Opportunity: PA-14-061, R01 Research Project Grant; PA-14-062, R21 Exploratory/Developmental Grant.

AIDS Application Due Date(s): Standard AIDS dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. The first AIDS application due date for this FOA is May 7, 2014.
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Disclaimer: NPIN provides this information as a public service only. The views and information provided about the materials, funding opportunities, and organizations do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, or NPIN. Fund Record #4776

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