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DHHS/NIH: Comprehensive Alcohol Research Centers


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites applications for Comprehensive Alcohol Research Centers to support an integrated, broad-based multidisciplinary, multi-investigator, long-term program of research and research support activities planned around a specific major research theme.

Donor Name: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

State: All States

County: All Counties

U.S. Territories: American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 10/13/2023

Size of the Grant: $1.25 million

Grant Duration: 5 years


The overall purpose of the NIAAA Alcohol Research Center program is to provide leadership in conducting and fostering interdisciplinary, collaborative research on a wide variety of topics relevant to the Institute’s mission. These topics include, but are not limited to: the nature, etiology, genetics, epigenetics, diagnosis, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of alcohol misuse, alcohol use disorder, alcohol-related end organ diseases and their biomedical, neurochemical, behavioral, psychosocial, and economic consequences across the lifespan and  impacting racial and ethnic minority groups and other NIH-designated populations that experience health disparities. Centers also are regional or national resources that contribute to the development of new research methods, technologies and approaches that sustain innovative goal-directed research.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) supports a broad-based Alcohol Research Centers program to foster and conduct interdisciplinary, collaborative research on Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), alcohol misuse and alcohol related problems, and other health related consequences across the lifespan. The NIAAA Centers Program provides leadership in research, and research methodology development on a wide variety of topics relevant to the Institute’s mission. Topics include, but are not limited to, the nature, etiology, genetics, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of AUD, alcohol-related end organ diseases and their biomedical, psychosocial, and economic consequences across the lifespan and racial/ethnic groups and other health disparity populations. Centers are also major contributors to the development of research methods, technologies, and approaches that sustain innovative goal-directed research.

In addition, a Comprehensive Alcohol Research Center (P60) is required to develop an interactive dissemination component to accelerate the use of research findings for the benefit of public health by various target audiences including diverse and historically underserved communities, to foster community feedback and ensure participation (Dissemination Core). Outreach activities could be pursued in collaboration with other Centers and use emerging virtual platforms to broaden and diversify the participation of communities in the alcohol research enterprise. The Alcohol Research Centers program is interrelated with, and complementary to, all other research support mechanisms and scientific activities that comprise NIAAA programs. Center grants help to provide a stable environment for investigators to engage in alcohol research in a coordinated, integrated and synergistic effort.

Dissemination Core: Distribution of scientific knowledge through educational efforts is to be directed to one or more of the following:

  • the public, patient populations, students, professionals and paraprofessionals, including outreach to underserved communities;
  • educational institutions, the media and other appropriate organizations/groups;
  • educational programs for specific, but not limited to, audiences, e.g., children, women, elderly,  and scientifically and medically underserved populations and communities;
  • dissemination of scientific knowledge for the purpose of expanding the capacity of other institutions, including institutions from scientifically underserved communities, in developing alcohol research programs.
  • dissemination of scientific knowledge for the purpose of reducing alcohol related health disparities among racial and ethnic minority and other health disparities populations.

The Alcohol Research Center grant provides a mechanism for fostering interdisciplinary cooperation within a group of established investigators conducting exceptional alcohol research. Therefore, existence of a strong research capability is fundamental to the establishment of a new Center or the continuation of an existing Center. A Center should be an identifiable organizational unit within an institutional or organizational structure such as a university, medical center, or a consortium of affiliated cooperating institutions. In addition to providing support for shared resources, this type of Center can support a full range of basic, developmental, clinical, and/or applied research components; allow for growth and development through pilot projects; and is intended to provide state-of-the-art leadership in the alcohol field. Unique scientific opportunities such as sharing of resources or expertise may warrant collaboration with investigators from other centers or from other institutions, domestic or foreign. The director of a component who proposes a collaborative activity with a foreign organization should be affiliated with a domestic institution.

Funding Information

  •  NIAAA intends to commit $5M in FY 2025 to fund up to 3 awards in response to this RFA.
  • Application budgets may not exceed $1.25 million direct costs per year.

Project Period

Applications may request a project period of up to five years.

Eligibility Criteria

Higher Education Institutions

  • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education

The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:

  • Hispanic-serving Institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
  • Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
  • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)

For-Profit Organizations

  • Small Businesses
  • For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)

Local Governments

  • State Governments
  • County Governments
  • City or Township Governments
  • Special District Governments
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)

Federal Governments

  • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
  • U.S. Territory or Possession

Foreign Institutions

  • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
  • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
  • Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.

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